When asked "How well is Australia respecting people's human rights?" answers indicated that people with disability are at most risk of missing out on their right to education: see https://rightstracker.org/en/country/AUS?as=hi&tab=atrisk
On the 12th October 2020, Mr Hoffman, the NDIA CEO, wrote a letter to NDIS participants, their families and carers. In his letter, he claimed that
The tools [for the NDIA's so-called Independent Assessment] have been ... used all over the world for many years.
A4 doubted this was true since no such tool existed for autistic people.
Previously, the NDIS was using the PEDI-CAT to assess autistic children. It is well known that this is not a suitable tool which is why the authors of the tool have been developing a revised PEDI-CAT (ASD) for some time.
A4 sent a short submission (see below) to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for its series of online regional consultations with people with disabilities, through their representative organizations. The Committee's information says:
The Victorian Royal Commission released its report. It is available from: https://finalreport.rcvmhs.vic.gov.au/
The report is in 5 volumes and 4 appendices. It is a big report: the volumes range from 36Mb to 54Mb.
Very little of the report relates to autistic Victorians.
|Subject:||Fwd: diagnoses and advice for autistic children|
|Date:||Sat, 9 Jan 2021 12:35:56 +1100|
|From:||Bob Buckley (A4 Convenor) <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|CC:||Chris.Bowen.MP@aph.gov.au, Senator Jordon Steele-John <email@example.com>, The Hon. Linda Burney MP <Linda.Burney.MP@aph.gov.au>, The Hon. Mr. Shorten MP <Bill.Shorten.MP@aph.gov.au>, The Hon Stuart Robert MP <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
Dear The Hon G. Hunt MP
Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4) recently sent this letter to the organisations below. We are very concerned about delayed diagnosis of autistic children and the consequent long-term detriment this brings for them, their families and the community generally.
letter of protest about ignoring autism and misinformation from the Health Department
Thu, 7 Jan 2021 17:21:35 +1100
Bob Buckley (A4 Convenor) <email@example.com>
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
CANBERRA ACT 2600