Human Rights Watch condemns boy in cage affair in national report

By bobb | Thu, 4/2/2016 - 17:43

A leading international human rights group has highlighted the decision to place a 10-year-old autistic student in a metal cage as a violation of disability rights in Australia. 

Human Rights Watch, one of the world's most respected campaign organisations, detailed the incident in its latest annual report on abuses and concerns in Australia.

The cage, which was two metres square in size and had a self-closing latch and door, cost $5195 and was not approved by the ACT Education Directorate.

autism groups want bullying in schools gone

By convenor | Fri, 29/1/2016 - 00:00

Media Release

Autism groups around the country agree that bullying of autistic students in schools must be properly addressed.

For years, Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (known as A4) has cited published research showing bullying of autistic students in schools is a major problem and the result is abysmal education outcomes for autistic students (see http://a4.org.au/node/1068 and http://a4.org.au/node/1032).

Bob Buckley: NDIS autism cost estimates ‘wrong’

By bobb | Tue, 26/1/2016 - 09:20

by Rick Morton, The Australian

A showdown between autism experts and the agency responsible for the $22 billion national disability insurance scheme is likely by the end of the week with some scheme managers pushing to water down evidence about what treatments work.

The NDIS agency commissioned a panel of experts to report back about the evidence base for early intervention therapies that it will offer as part of packages for children under the age of seven with autism or other developmental delays.

Autism experts’ alarm over NDIS problems

By Anonymous (not verified) | Wed, 20/1/2016 - 00:00

by Rick Morton, The Australian

Autism experts have repeatedly told the managers of the $22 billion national disability insurance scheme they face urgent problems on two fronts that will end up reducing children’s treatment and ramping up the program’s costs by hundreds of millions of dollars.

The landmark scheme, which has been trialled in most states and begins the transition to full rollout this year, was designed to include early-intervention therapy for children under the age of six with developmental delays or children under seven with an ­autism diagnosis.

2015 Wrap - The Year in Numbers

By bobb | Sat, 26/12/2015 - 00:00

From all of us at Autism CRC, we wish you a very safe and happy holiday season.  As 2015 comes to a close, we have reviewed the year in numbers:

43 research projects are underway across our three research programs in diagnosis, education and adulthood.  
8 projects are currently being finalised and we look forward to updating you on the results of these projects early next year.
Our 51 Participants, together with other collaborators, across Australia and internationally are working together to transform the lives of people on the autism spectrum.
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Outgrowing Autism? A Closer Look at Children Who Read Early or Speak Late

By bobb | Sat, 12/12/2015 - 08:49

Some of these children may never have had autism in the first place, despite being diagnosed with it

By Darold A. Treffert on December 9, 2015

The headlines read “New study suggests autism can be outgrown”, or “outgrowing autism: a doctor’s surprise and wonder.” The stories are based on studies reporting that 7-9% of children with a documented early autistic syndrome disorder (ASD) have no symptoms of the disorder on follow-up later in childhood or adolescence. That is good news. The question is how to account for it.

Huntfield Heights AEIOU Foundation Centre under investigation over claims of assault involving two children

By bobb | Thu, 3/12/2015 - 07:46

THE state’s largest specialist childcare facility for autistic children is at the centre of a police and Child Protection Service investigation into allegations of assault involving two young children.

Two female staff at the Huntfield Heights AEIOU Foundation Centre are on extended leave while the investigations are under way.

The police probe is being conducted by the family violence investigation branch in the South Coast CIB, and detectives are working closely with Flinders Medical Centre’s Child Protection Service.

Senate committee calls for royal commission into disability abuse

By bobb | Fri, 27/11/2015 - 00:00

A Senate committee has found a royal commission is needed into the abuse of people with disabilities, after a parliamentary inquiry heard "shocking" and "cruel" examples of violence and neglect around Australia. 

The report, by the Senate's community affairs committee, found that while there are no clear national statistics on the prevalence of violence against people with disability, there is "overwhelming anecdotal evidence". 

Conversations about autism need to include people like me

By bobb | Thu, 19/11/2015 - 13:32

Amy Smith​

When it was reported that a Blacktown mother had been accused of chaining her autistic son to a bed, chief executive of Autism Awareness Australia Nicole Rogerson urged the community to show compassion to the mother for her desperate situation.

"I am the parent of a child with autism, so I obviously view it that way, and I think there's a bigger story here. I don't think it's black and white. I think we should be grown up enough to have a wider conversation," Rogerson said.