Anger after police pin young child to ground in arrest

By bobb | Mon, 9/10/2017 - 16:31

Police have been filmed arresting a young boy while telling him to "shut up" in Victoria.

The video, which was uploaded to Facebook, appears to show at least three officers pinning the 12-year-old boy to the ground at Bendigo Railway Station on Friday.

With his face pressed against the concrete, the boy, who police believed at the time to have autism, is held down by the officers.

"He's got autism so he doesn't understand," one officer can be heard saying.

Damning report into NSW schools finds 'unacceptable' mistreatment

By bobb | Sat, 23/9/2017 - 00:00

For nearly six months, Nicole Lim says her son Carlos Blanch, who has autism and is non-verbal, came home from school every week with cuts and bruises on his arms and legs.

The first time it happened, in March this year, Ms Lim went straight to the principal to ask for better supervision for Carlos, 11, who is in year 5.

"It was completely disregarded, nothing ever happened," Ms Lim said.

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.