Advocacy

The following list shows A4's recent advocacy. This list contains both submissions and communications (letters & emails).

To find a (free) disability advocate to help you try:

letter to Prime Minister about inappropriate response from Health Department

Submitted by convenor on Tue, 5/1/2021 - 11:14

Previously, A4 wrote to the Prime Minister about an incident where police were called to a school and a young student was handcuffed. The Prime Minister did not respond.

A4 received a response (MC20-042016) from the federal Health Department to its letter to the Prime Minister.

The Health Department's response is extremely disappointing: it ignores the issues raised and shows severe misunderstanding of the needs of autistic Australians.

A4 wrote back immediately.

The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600

FoI response from PM&C

Submitted by convenor on Sat, 26/12/2020 - 00:00

A4 sent a Freedom of Information request to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on 24/11/2020

The Department sent its response on 24/12/2020 - see links to the documents below.

Basically, the documents show how little regard the Government has for members of the community, especially the more vulnerable members of the community. The Government's goal was to provide the most minimal response to issues and concerns raised.

Subject:
Freedom of Information Request - records and responses to contact message form

PMC FOI/2020/274 - Freedom of information

Submitted by convenor on Wed, 16/12/2020 - 00:00

Subject:
Re: FOI/2020/274 - Freedom of information - request for advice concerning your request [SEC=OFFICIAL]

Date:
Tue, 15 Dec 2020 15:28:24 +1100

From:
Bob Buckley (A4 Convenor) <convenor@a4.org.au>

To:
FOI <FOI@pmc.gov.au>

Dear madam/sir

I'm sorry but my email system put the email below into my spam folder. I only found it today when I had a call from your section looking for a response.

belated response from Health representative

Submitted by convenor on Wed, 9/12/2020 - 09:03

A4 wrote to The Hon G. Hunt MP, Minister for Health, on 11/8/2020 about mental health support for autistic Australians. Having not received a reply, A4 wrote again on the 1/11/2020 (see A4's email to the Minister).

A4 received an  email on 8/12/2020 (at 6.22pm) that contained a PDF file of a letter (reference MC20-033766) dated 28/9/2020 (see below). It seems to have taken over 2 months to email this letter to A4.

The letter claims:

unanswered question about the Government's war on autistic Australians

Submitted by convenor on Mon, 7/12/2020 - 09:29

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4) received a letter (MC20-161556, 27/11/2020 — see below) from The Hon. Ben  Morton MP, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The letter references A4's letter to the Prime Minister on 9/10/2020 (see https://a4.org.au/node/2243).

The letter to the Prime Minister asks one simple question:

What steps will you take to cease the war these Government officials are waging on Autistic Australians?  

The letter also highlights A4's unanswered questions policy.

Victorian OPA Position statement: NDIS Independent Assessments

Submitted by bobb on Wed, 2/12/2020 - 00:00

The Office of the Public Advocate stands with the disability advocacy sector in requesting that the NDIA reconsider its proposal to introduce independent assessments.

The NDIA has said independent assessments are to be part of the access process in early 2021. The assessments will at first be used to determine the eligibility of people applying for access to the NDIS as well as to determine reasonable and necessary supports to be included in a participant’s plan.

Interventions for children on the autism spectrum: A synthesis of research evidence

Submitted by bobb on Tue, 10/11/2020 - 11:15

Dear person

Based on your previous interest in our publication the National Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism, I am writing to let you know we have just published a new landmark report for families, clinicians, researchers and policy makers, which synthesises the best available high-quality evidence about interventions for children on the autism spectrum aged up to 12 years.

Autism behind bars

Submitted by bobb on Tue, 10/11/2020 - 00:00

Andrew Beasley was quickly losing his cool. It was October 2015, and he was about two years into his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution, Fort Dix in New Jersey.

Beasley, then 32, had left his MP3 player on a charging station in the facility’s computer room, but when he went to retrieve it, it was gone. He thought he knew who had it and frantically started to look for the man.

“I’m forgetting politics. I’m forgetting everything. I’m just looking for my MP3 player,” says Beasley, who had been diagnosed with autism two years earlier.