Right to an Ordinary Life - National Press Club

By bobb | Thu, 23/4/2009 - 11:18

Hon Bill Shorten MP

Member for Maribyrnong
Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services

Bill Shorten spoke on the 01/04/2009 at the National Press Club. The publicity (see http://www.npc.org.au/speakerArchive/bshort.html) said:

The Rudd Government has put the social inclusion of disadvantaged groups – including people with disability – at the core of its vision for Australia.

Compensation case against the Victorian Dept of Education

By Karnak | Thu, 16/4/2009 - 23:30

I was very interested in the news item in the latest A4 update about Paige Walker and her son Alex who were taking the  Victorian Dept of education to court to use for compensation for her son's part time attendance at school due to  little school aide funding and  she having to take him to school each day and clocking up so many miles.

Bill Shorten launched a new information website

By bobb | Wed, 25/2/2009 - 11:25

The media release (see http://www.alp.org.au/media/0209/msdcsfcs240.php) says ...

Parents and carers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) will benefit from a new information website created as part of the $190 million Helping Children with Autism package.


The website was launched today at Parliament House by the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services Bill Shorten.


Proposal for a National Disability Insurance Scheme

By convenor | Mon, 23/2/2009 - 08:15

There is growing support for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (see http://www.natdis.com.au/). A paper on the full proposal can be downloaded from http://www.natdis.com.au/NDIS.pdf.A4 members are encouraged to consider the proposal as tell us what they think about how such a scheme would affect people with ASD and their families. We have a forum at http://a4.org.au/a4/forum/NDIS

The website says ...

National Disability Strategy: discussion paper and response

By convenor | Fri, 20/2/2009 - 11:28

The Australian Federal Government is creating another National Disability Strategy (see http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/internet/facsinternet.nsf/disabilities/nds.htm).

The consultation was spectacularly short … about 6 weeks. The government launched its discussion paper on 17th October 2008. The closing date for comments was 1st December.

Why don't you understand?

By bobb | Fri, 14/11/2008 - 15:54

A new report on educating autistic children finds schools unable to cope and parents frustrated. ...

Teachers' tolerance levels were never very high where John Davis was concerned. The boy, who has autism and dyspraxia, was noisier than many other children with his condition and would become frustrated easily, especially in a confined space. ...

Autism on ABC News website

By bobb | Fri, 14/11/2008 - 15:37

Autism gets much more coverage in the media in USA compared to Australia.

If you would like to see some of the coverage, especially the TV coverage, check out these web pages ...

A4 has not reviewed the content of these webpages so it has no opinion about the content and does not endorse anything on those websites.

Trying to Solve Autism's Mysteries

By bobb | Fri, 14/11/2008 - 15:30

When Preston Brown was a young child, doctors diagnosed him with autism. Now they say he doesn't have it anymore.

"He's very aware of his surroundings," said his mother, Jamie Brown, who added that the changes in recent months have been drastic and that doctors have dropped his autism diagnosis.

"He communicates, he has favorites, he has opinions, he has humor," she said. "He makes friends, he is learning at warp speed, he's intelligent. He's happy, he's not sick anymore."

Forum sheds light on new methods in autism care

By bobb | Fri, 14/11/2008 - 15:15

JEDDAH: To help the growing number of autistic children in the Arab world, the first scientific forum of autism centers in the Arab world began on Sunday night at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The event — entitled “Autism, Reality and Future” — was held under the support of Prince Talal, president of the Arab Gulf Program for United Nations Development Organizations (AGFUND), and was organized by the Al-Faisalya Women Welfare Society and the Jeddah Autism Center.