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

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changed position on National Autism Plan

Submitted by convenor on Sun, 16/8/2020 - 11:03

Dear members of the Select Committee on Autism

When I appeared before you recently, you asked about a National Autism Strategy. Please disregard the answer I provided at the time.

Since that time, the Department of Social Services (DSS) and Services Australia:

had senior officials appear before the Community Affairs Committee, and
released a Position Paper on its National Disability Strategy.

These events both show DSS to be no longer fit-for-purpose.

Comment on DSS National Disability Strategy options paper

Submitted by convenor on Tue, 11/8/2020 - 16:59

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia responded to DSS's Options Paper on continuing the old National Disability Strategy (NDS) which they call a "new" strategy.

DSS's Options Paper shows no evidence of input from the disability community, especially input that says the previous strategy didn't work and substantial change is needed.

It also shows that it does not understand human rights in Australia but still tries to take a human rights perspective.

mental health support for autistic Australians

Submitted by convenor on Tue, 11/8/2020 - 10:23

Dear Minister The Hon Greg Hunt MP

While Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4) appreciates the Government's improved provisions for some Australians needing increased support with their mental health, we are concerned that the needs of autistic Australians with mental illness, some those in most need of mental health support, are not being recognised and addressed.

SOfASD submission on youth mental health

Submitted by bobb on Sun, 12/4/2020 - 12:28

Speaking Out for Autism Spectrum Disorder (SOfASD) in the ACT made a submission to the ACT Youth Mental Health Inquiry. You can view it or download it from the link below, or from the Committee's submissions webpage.

Update: The Committee published its report (see It includes a short section specifically about autistic youth.

Open Letter: Now is the time to act on pandemic measures for people with disability

Submitted by convenor on Fri, 3/4/2020 - 15:19

Media Release

People with disability, and their organisations, across Australia are calling for urgent action, again, to keep us safe during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Over 70 national, state and territory disability organisations have come together to urge the National Cabinet to take the urgent action we need to keep people with disability free of the COVID-19 virus.