Farewell NDIS, Alex has reached his milestones

Alexander English writing

Amy English said it was a bitter-sweet moment when son, Alexander, who has Autism, no longer needed National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support because he had achieved all his milestones and was now ready for school.

The mum of three, said while her and husband, Luke were ecstatic with their six-year-old’s progress they did shed some happy and sad tears.

“It was bitter sweet,” Amy confessed. “We were so happy Alex had reached all his milestones and we were self-sufficient, and it was a good feeling to think Alex no longer needed the $10,000 he had left in his budget and it would go towards helping somebody else. But at the same time, we felt a bit sad because it was like losing a family member. Alex’s occupational therapist (OT), Helen had been working with him for 18 months and she became so important to us.

Waleed Aly Explains What Life Is Like With His Autistic Son and Why Pauline Hanson’s Idea Won’t Work

Jill Slater

Waleed Aly has spoken openly about what it’s like raising a child with autism and why he thinks Pauline Hanson’s controversial suggestion that children with autism should be removed from mainstream classrooms won’t work.

Waleed and wife Dr Susan Carland share two children, including nine-year-old son Zayd, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in 2011.

The Project host explained some of the misconceptions Ms Hanson and others have about autism during an interview on the Hit Network’s Carrie & Tommy radio show.

“For us, it showed up in his unbelievable obsession with trains,” he told hosts Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little. “It showed up in early years when we would tell him off and he would look at us blankly like, ‘Why are you making these noises?’ He wouldn’t pick up the social cues.”

Waleed Aly responds to Pauline Hanson, opens up about raising his autistic son: 'He's thriving'

Waleed Aly gave a compassionate plea to remove the social stigma from autism, especially for children living with the disability.

The Projecthost gave an interview with Hit Network's Carrie & Tommy on Thursday, where he shared how he and wife Susan Carland are raising their nine-year-old son Zayd, who is autistic. Zayd was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum in 2011. 

Senator Hanson needs to go back to school

Media Release

The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations today condemned comments by Senator Pauline Hanson who suggested that children with disability should be removed from mainstream schools.

Senator Hanson told the Senate this morning that children with disability did not belong in mainstream classrooms because they were disruptive and, as a result, teachers spent too much time with them at the expense of other students.

Senator Hanson suggested that students with disability should instead be segregated in “special classrooms”. 

Pauline Hanson says autistic kids should be removed from mainstream classes

Matthew Killoran

ONE Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson announced this morning that her party will back the Federal Government’s $18.6 billion school funding package.

But she also said “we need to get rid of” autistic children from mainstream classrooms, arguing teachers had to spend too much time with them at the expense of other students’ education.

She said parents and teachers had raised the issue with her of children with disabilities or autism in mainstream classrooms.

Police officers agitate people with autism, worsen situation in a third of encounters, study finds

Nick Boisvert

Ontario-wide study also found that people with autism are more likely to interact with police

People with Autism Spectrum Disorder are more likely to have adverse, agitating interactions with police, according to a new study released by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

In an 18-month study involving 284 young people and adults with autism in Ontario, 16 per cent reported having an interaction with police — a number far higher than the general population, according to researchers.

Family seeks damages amid allegations boy with autism locked in 'cage' at Sydney school

The operator of a private school for children with autism is being sued by a Newcastle family that alleges their autistic son was locked by teachers in a structure akin to a cage.

The family alleges the boy was put in a lockable fenced structure he called a cage at an Aspect-run school in Sydney in 2012.

The family has since relocated to the Hunter Valley and is seeking damages from Aspect in the Newcastle District Court.

The family has alleged negligence, assault and wrongful imprisonment.

Giant Steps autism support scheme for young adults to close after NDIS funding change

Annah Fromberg

Laura Ferris was just six when she moved from interstate to attend Tasmania's Giant Steps school which had a growing reputation for its work with autism disorder.

The not-for-profit independent school was founded in 1995 by a group of dedicated parents and local community supporters who were committed to ensuring specialised education for children on the autism spectrum.

Students grabbed, wrestled to the floor and strapped to chairs three or more times a day

For most of his schooling, Jack* has been locked away from his classmates.

The 15-year-old is confined to his own portable classroom, which opens onto a fenced-off playground.

Meltdowns are only a concern if they persist beyond two-and-a-half years in a child. Photo: Mark Piovesan

The fence has been covered in sheets of plastic, which means Jack – who is autistic, non-verbal and has an intellectual disability – can't see out. It also means no one can look in.

National Disability Insurance Scheme rollout plagued with problems, FOI documents reveal

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) stopped processing thousands of applications from service providers, critical staff were untrained and properties were not ready when the scheme's nationwide rollout began, documents have revealed.

A much-publicised IT meltdown saw people with disabilities wait weeks for their care packages to be approved while payments to providers froze.

Autistic boy being held in adult mental health ward in Launceston

The mother of an autistic teenager who is being held in an adult mental health ward at the Launceston Hospital since March says he has been held with adults at times and that health staff has suggested he could be moved into youth detention.

The parents sought help for the child who was self-harming and the state government is now modifying a group home so that the teenager can he held in care. 


Tasmania: Northside beds closed, autistic teen 'distressed' in adult unit

Carly Dolan

The parents of a severely autistic teenager, who is being housed in Launceston General Hospital’s acute mental health unit, say the experience has been “excruciating” for the family and staff.

The 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been at Northside Mental Health Clinic for nearly 12 weeks, which has resulted in beds being closed to other patients. He is due to be moved into accommodation at Latrobe next week.

Ballarat woman denied face-to-face NDIS meeting

A mother from the Ballarat suburb of Delacombe says National Disability Insurance Scheme planners refused to assess her daughter’s needs in person, citing lack of funds.

Gayle Bird, whose 23-year-old daughter Tori has the mental age of a three to five year-old-child, said planners insisted only her daughter could answer questions about her disability.

Her claims run counter to National Insurance Agency policy which entitles all clients to face-to-face meetings.

Autistic teen found gagged and tied up in toilet block at Croydon Special Developmental School

Suzan Delibasic

An autistic teenager was gagged and tied up with his pants down in a Croydon school toilet block before being discovered by a teacher.

The boy’s distraught grandmother said the 18-year-old, who attends Croydon Special Developmental School and has non-verbal autism, was found with another student in a toilet cubicle about 9.15am on Monday, May 29. He was gagged and had his wrists bound with crepe bandages.

Largest study to date finds autism alone does not increase risk of violent offending

Conditions such as ADHD which co-occur with autism may increase risk

A diagnosis of autism alone does not increase the risk of violent offending suggests a study published in the June 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP).

The study analysed data from 295,734 individuals in Stockholm County, Sweden, of whom 5,739 had a diagnosis of autism. The researchers tracked these individuals for violent crime convictions between ages 15 to 27 years using records from the Swedish National Crime Register.


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