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

'We almost lost him': Canberrans with special needs turned away from hospital

By convenor | Mon, 13/2/2017 - 07:19

Sherryn Groch

As new research reveals Australians with intellectual disabilities are dying avoidable deaths, two Canberra carers share their own 'horror' stories.

It started with just a runny nose and a routine trip to the doctor. Then Gungahlin mother Therese Bean noticed her son was losing weight. 

Nicholas, 23, who has non-verbal autism, began spending all day lying on the couch and struggled to keep food down. A lump the "size of a 50 cent coin" appeared under his chin. Eventually, it became difficult for him to breathe.

Urgent need for cause of death reporting system for Australians with intellectual disability

By bobb | Thu, 9/2/2017 - 17:11

DAN WHEELAHAN

The deaths of more than 700 Australian adults with an intellectual disability could have been avoided with more appropriate health care and monitoring, a UNSW study has revealed.

Research by UNSW has found that while Down syndrome itself doesn’t cause death, it is still coded that way in a flawed classification system. Photo: Shutterstock.

A total of 732 Australian adults with an intellectual disability died in NSW over six years, many from causes or conditions that could have been avoided with more appropriate health care and monitoring.

NDIS: Federal Government announces independent review of National Disability Insurance Scheme

By bobb | Sat, 21/1/2017 - 06:30

Henry Belot

The Federal Government has announced an independent review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to examine overall costs, value for money and its long-term sustainability.

Treasurer Scott Morrison announced the Productivity Commission review on Friday afternoon with a position paper to be released in May, followed by a report in September.

How to dispute a Centrelink debt

By bobb | Wed, 28/12/2016 - 08:31

A4 editor: The following is not specifically about autism or disability ... it is here to help/inform any autistic adults who are having issues with Centrelink's cruel new system for scamming/fabricating debts from the most vulnerable.

Sally Whyte, Journalist

Does Centrelink think you owe money that you don't think you owe? Here is what to do next.

Centrelink’s new automatic debt generation computer system is generating 20,000 debt notices a week, despite more and more stories emerging about obvious problems with the system.