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National autism strategy in the pipeline, with both Coalition and Labor committing to plan

Submitted by bobb on Sun, 8/5/2022 - 13:10

Australia is set to develop a national autism strategy regardless of who wins the federal election — a move that has been welcomed as a "good start" to changing community attitudes ;to children and young people with a disability.

Key points:

  • A parliamentary committee recommended an autism strategy after examining services, support and life outcomes for people with the condition
  • Both Labor and the Coalition have committed to introducing a strategy if elected on May 21
  • Advocates say a national strategy is a good start but more needs to be done

Earlier this year, a parliamentary committee that examined the services, support and life outcomes for people with autism recommended the establishment of a national strategy.

Government agency accused of being 'at war with those it should be supporting' as appeals against NDIS cuts spike

Submitted by bobb on Sat, 30/4/2022 - 09:01

Kaden McCarthy, 10, lives with autism and has difficulty using and interpreting verbal and non-verbal communication.

Key points:

  • There has been a big increase in the number of NDIS participants reporting their plans are being slashed
  • Lawyers say they cannot keep up with the demand for assistance and the appeals system is congested
  • The government says the increase in appeals reflects the overall growth in the NDIS

Autism Alliance welcomes bold Senate Report to deliver positive change for all Autistic Australians

Submitted by bobb on Sat, 26/3/2022 - 16:08

Amaze: Media Release

The Australian Autism Alliance today welcomes the release of the Senate Select Committee Inquiry’s history-making report on Autism. This is the first time there has been such a broad-ranging national inquiry into the issues facing Autistic Australians with recommendations for positive change.

Hannah Gadsby on her autism diagnosis: ‘I’ve always been plagued by a sense that I was a little out of whack’

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 25/3/2022 - 22:47

Even as a child, the comedian knew her brain was atypical. But it was only in her late 20s that her anxiety, depression and meltdowns finally made sense

ou don’t have to be an expert to know that people with autism don’t get to speak about their own experiences. Until very recently, autism has largely only been understood through the prism of the experience of parents and as a list of observations that mostly neurotypical medical professionals have made and assigned meaning to.

DSM-5 revision tweaks autism entry for clarity

Submitted by bobb on Sat, 19/3/2022 - 07:15

Peter Hess

Two changes to the criteria for diagnosing autism are slated for release tomorrow in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-5-TR), published by the American Psychiatric Association. The small changes add clarity and nuance to how the reference text defines autism, but they are unlikely to change diagnostic practice, experts say.

Carwoola Southport: NDIS clients face losing homes after complaint to council

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 18/3/2022 - 10:59

Keith Woods

High needs NDIS clients risk losing their homes after a complaint to council amid claims they have been subject of antagonism from a minority of neighbours.

A GROUP of high-needs people are at risk of being thrown out of their homes after the company leasing units on their behalf was issued a show-cause notice by council.

Pleas for NSW flood survivors with disability to be prioritised for urgent housing, care

Submitted by bobb on Sun, 13/3/2022 - 16:07

ToyNera Macgregor and her 16-year-old son Annan are homeless after floods swamped their Lismore rental.

Key points:

  • Governments are being urged to prioritise the needs of flood survivors with disability
  • Service providers say evacuation centres are often not accessible
  • The Northern Rivers was already experiencing a housing crisis before the floods

Melbourne autism researchers develop world's most effective early screening tool for children

Submitted by bobb on Sun, 13/3/2022 - 08:48

A screening tool developed by Australian researchers has been found to be the world's most effective tool for diagnosing children who are on the autism spectrum.

Key points:

  • A study of more than 13,500 Victorian children found the La Trobe University tool to be the most effective in the world
  • The tool teaches health workers to use a checklist to identify key behaviours when children come in for routine appointments
  • Children as young as 11 months old have been identified as having a higher likelihood of autism