Concerns arise from 2015 ABS disability survey results

By convenor | Sun, 2/4/2017 - 07:19

Bob Buckley

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released new information about autistic people in Australia. The information comes from data collect for the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) in 2015.

The ABS reports

In 2015 there were 164,000 Australians with autism, a 42.1% increase from the 115,400 with the condition in 2012.

Cambridge professor fears basic human rights of autistic people not being met

By bobb | Sun, 2/4/2017 - 00:00

Prof Baron-Cohen spoke out about his fears in a speech while in New York

A Cambridge professor fears the basic human rights of autistic people are not being met.

In a speech marking Autism Awareness Week, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge, told the United Nations in New York today, that even with the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities having been adopted in 2006, people with autism still do not enjoy human rights to the same extent as everyone else.

Submission on National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs

By convenor | Wed, 29/3/2017 - 22:58

A4 made a submission to the Productivity Commission study of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs. 

The submission's conclusion says:

Previously, we said that the NDIS has substantial potential to improve the lives of autistic people. They may have access to more services and supports. They have more choice and control of the services and supports they access.

The hyperbole associated with the introduction of the NDIS is enormous: people’s expectations of what the NDIS will deliver is often excessive. The NDIS does not deliver all that people hope.

Calls for Royal Commission into Abuse of People with Disability

By convenor | Tue, 28/3/2017 - 13:20

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4) supports AFDO and others in the disability sector ...

Media Release

The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) today joined calls from across the disability sector for a Royal Commission into the violence, abuse and neglect experienced by Australians with disability.

Fighting the System

By bobb | Tue, 28/3/2017 - 11:45

By Linton Besser, Klaus Toft, Jeanavive McGregor at ABC Four Corners

"I brought him into this world, and I love him. I do all I can to help him. I'm 88 soon. I'm still battling." Jean, mother

On Monday night Four Corners exposes what happens behind closed doors in some taxpayer funded group homes for the disabled and talks to the mothers and carers taking on the system.

"It's about time for me to tell this." Maria, mother

Children with disabilities 3 times more likely to be maltreated but risk varies by disability type

By bobb | Thu, 9/3/2017 - 08:30

A Telethon Kids Institute study has found children with disabilities are three times more likely to be maltreated compared to other children but that risk varies by type of disability.

Researchers analysed 524,534 children born in Western Australia between 1990-2010 for the study “Maltreatment Risk among Children with Disabilities”, published in the journal Pediatrics.

Overall, they found 4.6 per cent of all children had a maltreatment allegation.

Disability Groups Slam Govt for Scrapping Royal Commission Into Abuse

By bobb | Tue, 7/3/2017 - 09:35

​Ellie Cooper

The federal government’s decision to rule out a royal commission into violence and abuse against people with disability has been condemned by an alliance of disability advocacy groups.

A Senate committee proposed the royal commission in November 2015, following months of investigations into claims of abuse and neglect of people with disability in institutional and residential settings.

Dismay at report on locking up children with disabilities

By bobb | Tue, 7/3/2017 - 07:45

Lauren Martyn-Jones

THE mother of a child who was locked in a cell-like room for time-outs at a Hervey Bay primary school wants a State Government review to ban the practice totally.

The incident involving her autistic son Tate Smith triggered a State Government review and the appointment of a department "watchdog" to oversee the education of children with disabilities in Queensland.

The review has found that the restrictive practice experienced by Tate should be used as a measure of last resort to prevent harm to staff and students.

Inquiry into the provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition

By bobb | Sun, 5/3/2017 - 17:07

A4's submission

A4 made a submission to the inquiry by the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS into the provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition. 

You can download A4's submission from the inquiry's submissions page or using the link below. A4's submission is number 89.

The keys points in A4's submission are:

Tasmania: DHHS Provides A Free Evidence-Based Platform with Best-Practice Intervention Tools

By bobb | Tue, 14/2/2017 - 10:13

Today, 1 in 63 children will be diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (according to A4 2015).
For the past two years, the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services has been supporting schools and families in behaviour management and skill development with the world’s leading evidence-based platform Rethink.

Rethink provides a free on-line solution that helps teachers:

Develop custom learning curriculum (aligned to Australian Curriculum)

Monitor and track student progress

Access on-line behaviour intervention techniques