A4 made a submission to the Disability Royal Commission on restrictive practices. The submission is available via the link below.
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The Government is creating an Expert Reference Group in relation to its implementation of a National Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Following is some of the initial correspondence.
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.
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.
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.
The Senate Select Committee on Autism published A4's submission to its inquiry into the services, support and life outcomes for autistic people in Australia and the associated need for a National Autism Strategy.
A4's submission is titled "many small steps".
Conclusions given in the submission were:
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 https://sofasd.org.au/d7/node/242). It includes a short section specifically about autistic youth.
A4 made submissions to the Disability Royal Commission in response to their issues papers on:
group homes, and
cognitive disability (including autism).
These submissions can be downloaded from the links below.
See also https://a4.org.au/node/2173 for A4's submission on education.
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.