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Dad assaults 'good Samaritan' who helped lost boy with autism

By bobb | Thu, 22/2/2024 - 07:07

Hannah Neale

A father assaulted a "good Samaritan" who helped his lost son, who has an intellectual disability, when the pair became separated during a hike.

The man, who The Canberra Times has chosen not to name, was fined $1000 in the ACT Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

He had previously pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

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Joondalup care support worker charged after allegedly leaving man with autism inside car on 40C day

By bobb | Fri, 16/2/2024 - 07:11

Lauren Price

A care support worker is accused of leaving his client — who has severe autism — in the back of a car on a 40C day while he was allegedly inside a shopping centre buying groceries with the client’s cash.

Police say officers were forced to break into the car after finding the 26-year-old client — who is non-verbal — “visibly distressed” and “heat affected”.

It is alleged the care support worker left the man in the back seat of his parked car at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping Centre on January 13.

WA carer charged with leaving autistic man locked in car on 40-degree day

By bobb | Thu, 15/2/2024 - 20:15

NICHOLAS FINCH

Police had to break into a car to rescue a “visibly distressed” severely autistic man who was allegedly left locked in a car by his carer for nearly an hour at a Perth shopping centre on a sweltering day.

Western Australia police officers rescued the 26-year-old man – who lives with severe autism and is non-verbal – after a passer-by saw him in the car parked outside at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping Centre in Perth at 2.30pm on January 12.

The Brit who predicted the NDIS disaster a decade ago

By convenor | Mon, 5/2/2024 - 13:09

Tom Burton

Dr Simon Duffy warned a decade ago that the design of the national disability insurance scheme created perverse incentives, leaving it flawed from day one.

The British social policy reformer who warned a decade ago that the design of Australia’s national disability insurance scheme was flawed from the start and would be expensive and unsustainable said his worst fears have come true.