Autism Queensland: Mum fights Brisbane Boys’ College over expulsion

By bobb | Sun, 10/9/2017 - 00:00

Vanda Carson & Emmaline Stigwood

A BRISBANE mother is fighting for her autistic son’s right to an education in a landmark discrimination case.

This week single mum Sherri Gullickson, from Norman Park, lost her battle to have son Jonathan, 7, return to class at the elite Brisbane Boys College’, which boasts it has several students in a state-of-the-art autism spectrum disorder program.

Jonathan began in Year 2 at the school in January but was expelled on August 29 for “biting and hitting” classmates in separate incidents on August 9 and August 14.

Submission to NDIS Early Intervention Inquiry

By convenor | Thu, 17/8/2017 - 11:07

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4) sent a submission to the  Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for its Inquiry into Provision of services under the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach. 

The submission is listed as Submission 18 and is published here on the submissions webpage.

A4 is disappointed bt the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach. A4's submission to the Inquiry explains why.

Specific disappointments include:

NSW schools using restraints and isolation against guidelines, Ombudsman finds

By bobb | Sun, 13/8/2017 - 07:46

Pallavi Singhal ​

A primary school student with autism was restrained by teachers and locked in a time-out room for more than an hour, during which time the student wrapped an electrical cord around their neck, a NSW Ombudsman's report reveals.

A teacher standing outside the room ignored the student during the isolation, despite instructions that the student was not to be restrained and was to be checked on after three minutes if placed in time-out.

Probe ordered into claim primary school held student with autism in small plywood room

By bobb | Fri, 7/7/2017 - 13:56


LAUREN DAY: For Lachlan Murrell's family, every day is a battle. 

EMILY DIVE: Do you want us to wait inside while you head outside? 


LAUREN DAY: But the daily struggles are nothing compared to the bigger fight on his mum's hands. 

How would you describe your experience of trying to get him an education? 

EMILY DIVE: It is the hardest thing that I have done for him and I didn't think that it would be as much of a battle as what it was or still is. 

NDIS avoids autistic stakeholders, again

By convenor | Sun, 2/7/2017 - 15:48

Media Release

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), who runs the NDIS, revised the membership of is Independent Advisory Council (IAC). Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia, known as A4, observes that the NDIA’s IAC does not include (effectively excludes) anyone with a substantial interest in autistic people.

“This exclusion of representation by or for autistic people is disappointing when over 25% of NDIS participants report autism as their primary disability”, says Mr Buckley who is A4’s Convenor.

Hanson's view of autistic children is simply Australian law

By bobb | Thu, 22/6/2017 - 08:31

The disability sector in Australia strongly condemns Senator Hanson for her recently expressed view that schools should "get rid" of autistic students from mainstream classrooms; see Pauline Hanson says autistic kids should be removed from mainstream classes and Senator Hanson needs to go back to school.

However, people should understand this issue better.

Senator Hanson needs to go back to school

By convenor | Thu, 22/6/2017 - 08:29

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

By bobb | Wed, 21/6/2017 - 12:18

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.

Dear Prime Minister, call for a Royal Commission into abuse of people with disability

By convenor | Tue, 13/6/2017 - 18:17

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Prime Minister
Parliament House


Dear Prime Minister

Subject: call for a Royal Commission into abuse of people with disability

A recent report (see Autistic teen found gagged and tied up in toilet block at Croydon Special Developmental School) shows abuse of autistic Australians is an ongoing disgrace.  Government representatives say “the police had been called and it was now their matter”. Substantial experience shows that the outcome is predictable … and unacceptable.