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The I Am, Movement designs 'culturally safe' education resources for Indigenous children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder

Submitted by bobb on Tue, 30/8/2022 - 06:52

Madeleine Cross and Meredith Kirton 

When Tanika Davis's son was diagnosed with autism at just two years old, the Worimi mother was confronted with the stigma surrounding the developmental disorder, but also surprised at the lack of consideration for Slade's Indigenous culture.

Concerns 'the next national stars' are being shut out of sporting clubs due to a lack of inclusivity for athletes with autism

Submitted by bobb on Sat, 27/8/2022 - 09:37

Six-year-old Ava Renwood is an aspiring athlete with big dreams of a career in sport.

Key points:

  • Special Olympics Queensland says many athletes with autism struggle to be accepted into sporting groups
  • Brisbane mum Ashleigh Brook says Australia risks potential future athletes "falling through the cracks"
  • Multi-class events are enabling children with disability to compete in more high level sporting events

But her mum Ashleigh Brook fears her options are limited by the lack of inclusivity and understanding of athletes with autism.

Autism CRC: Longitudinal Study of Australian School Leavers with Autism (SASLA)

Submitted by bobb on Tue, 16/8/2022 - 08:05

Historically, the adult years have been ignored in autism research, despite that these years representing the greatest proportion of individuals’ lives. Hence, limited information and guidance exists for autistic adults, their families and those who may provide support (e.g., health services, employment services, higher education) about trajectories from late adolescence through old age.

SA makes history with new autism minister

Submitted by bobb on Mon, 15/8/2022 - 20:16

Tim Dornin

South Australia's autism community will get its own state government minister in a national first and a decision hailed as a major step towards greater inclusion.

Emily Bourke has been appointed assistant minister for autism in a bid to ensure people with the neurological condition are better represented.

Premier Peter Malinauskas says he has heard from many South Australians that the time has come for a dedicated effort from government to make autism a priority. 

"That is why we have created this new role," he said on Monday.

The autism advantage - why businesses are hiring autistic people

Submitted by bobb on Mon, 8/8/2022 - 16:35

When Chris Varney was in Year 2 he presented his teacher with an incredibly detailed visual chart of the royal families of Europe from the 14th to the 19th century.

“I just felt I had found a new way of seeing the last millennium. No wonder we have so many revolutions and conflict, these families were way too connected, small community, completely out of touch,” he quips during his TED talk Autism: How my unstoppable mother proved the experts wrong.

‘Fighting for her voice’: mother locked in legal battle with NDIS over daughter’s talker

Submitted by bobb on Sun, 31/7/2022 - 10:53

Melanie Stephens is caught up in Administrative Appeals Tribunal case after being denied funding for a device to help Ella communicate

A Victorian mother is locked in a battle with the National Disability Insurance Agency over her daughter’s “voice”. At least that’s how Melanie Stephens describes the “talker” device her daughter Ella has been using for four years.

Ella, 11, lives with autism and the rare genetic syndrome cri du chat (5p-), which causes delayed physical development and intellectual disability. She is non-verbal.

At the Crossroads of Trauma and Autism

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 29/7/2022 - 14:09

Reviewed by Michelle Quirk

Why we need to start talking about the risk of trauma for those with autism.

Key points

  • Up to 72 percent of adults with autism may have severe trauma histories.
  • It is hard to find research on the lives of adults with autism before 2000 and virtually impossible to find research on adult women with autism.
  • High trauma rates for people with autism needs to be a central part of autism awareness and treatment.

It is a sad truth that the majority of the early research into autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was done with young children, most of whom were boys. It is hard to find research into the lives of adults with autism before 2000 and virtually impossible to find research on adult women with autism. As an autistic woman, it is frustrating for me to know that the quality of life of adults with autism was ignored for decades. This has led to several massive problems that are only now coming to light. One of these problems is the extraordinarily high number of women with autism that have been through serious trauma and meet diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).