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Australians with autism are getting support to start their own businesses

Sandra Fulloon

Many people with autism have never held a paid job, but at an innovative program is helping some young entrepreneurs break the cycle.

Of the 250,000 Australians diagnosed with autism, fewer than half have ever held paid work, despite having the skills and qualifications.

That was the finding of a new study commissioned by autism body AMAZE.

Of those who do gain work, more than 20 per cent say they have lost a job due to their symptoms.

Response to DSS FoI: the NDIS does not fund ABA

A4 received this response (link to download and accompanying email below) to our DSS FoI request - see http://a4.org.au/node/2155.

Basically, DSS's response be;ow says it has no record of anyone passing A4's letter to the Department (which should mean DSS, the NDIA is "the Agency"), as Assistant Minister Prentice's Office told A4 in an email on 4/12/2017. A Department representative suggested (on the telephone) that A4's letter was sent to the NDIA, not to the Department.

Darkest moments: Why two mothers are considering giving up their children

It’s not as if Deborah Frith wants to put her eight-year-old son Jacob in a group home. She loves him deeply, and would give anything to protect him. But looking after a boy who has autism and severely challenging, often violent, behaviours has pushed the sole parent to her breaking point.

“I absolutely adore my child and I'd move hell and high water to keep him,” she says. “But it’s too much to sustain without the correct support. It’s a very unfortunate situation where you’re forced to suggest the things that come to you in your darkest moments.”

ABC heavily redacted FOI on NDIS waiting times

Dear FOI Team

Thank you for the information that you provided.

I notice that the document you provided does not include:

  1. a record of the ABC's FoI request, and
  2. the list of documents in the response.

As they are not in the disclosure log, please would you also provide these documents?

Report paints scathing picture of NDIS workforce failures

A report has painted a grim picture of the life of a disability care worker under the NDIS and questions whether the scheme will be able to achieve  the historic social reform it promised.

The report from the Australia Institute’s Centre for Future Work says the NDIS has fundamentally changed the nature of work and employment in the disability sector – and not necessarily for the better.

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