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'It scares me': seven-year-old Ashley loses therapy in NDIS funding cut

Submitted by bobb on Tue, 28/12/2021 - 07:10

Dan Jervis-Bardy

A Canberra couple are worried for their disabled child's future after her National Disability Insurance Scheme funding was slashed against the advice of her therapists.

Belinda and Hugh Clifford have been left distressed and demanding answers after their seven-year-old daughter's funding for much-needed therapy was cut to one-sixth of what her team of specialists had recommended.

CDC: Autism prevalence in children up significantly from 2016 to 2018, and that's actually a good thing

Submitted by bobb on Sun, 26/12/2021 - 07:50

Sam Farmer

Rather than interpret the results of this study as implying that autism is a growing epidemic and a condition which therefore is to be feared, view it instead as being reflective of the natural neurological diversity inherent in humanity, carrying unique challenges as well as strengths.

‘Best thing in my life’: Dad breaks down over autistic son’s 99.45 VCE score

Submitted by bobb on Sun, 26/12/2021 - 07:16

Jessica Wang

The father of an autistic child broke down on live radio, sharing the proud moment his family found out about their son’s top VCE score

Camille Bassanese is autistic and found comfort in a spoon set sold at Kmart before they were discontinued. Her mum Nedra D’Souza approached Kmart and they not only searched for more spoons but will bring their old range back.

NDIS to fund assistance dog

Submitted by bobb on Sat, 25/12/2021 - 06:44

CYHY is an 8 year old boy who has autism, social communication disorder, generalised anxiety disorder and ADHD.

CYHY’s mother requested that he be provided with an assistance dog from Smart Pups Assistance Dogs for Special Needs Children Inc. in exchange for a “donation” of $20,000 to be funded under the NDIS.

The NDIA rejected this support, and his mother appealed the decision at the AAT.

This week the AAT overturned this decision, finding that the support of an assistance dog is reasonable and necessary.

They said:

Jonty is the first Aussie Rules umpire living with autism to officiate at a semi-professional level

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 24/12/2021 - 21:16

Myles Houlbrook-Walk

Jonty Beard's Saturday morning ritual, honed after years of practice and discipline, sees him packing his umpiring bag, grabbing his whistle and steeling his mind.

The hard work has seen Jonty become the first person living with autism to officiate a premier league fixture in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL), the Territory's highest level of Australian Rules football.

NDIA spending on law firms to fight participants over cuts to payments

Submitted by bobb on Mon, 20/12/2021 - 18:10

The National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) spending on private law firms to battle participants appealing its decisions rose 30% last financial year, new figures show.

Data released under freedom of information laws shows the agency paid about $17.3m in 2020-21 to firms representing the agency in “external matters” such as legal challenges at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

The figure is an increase from $13.4m the previous financial year, the data shows.

Vivid new artworks reigniting CBD

Submitted by bobb on Sat, 18/12/2021 - 00:00

Vibrant street art has transformed 33 of Melbourne’s renowned laneways, as the city fills with visitors for summer celebrations.

The new creative and lighting installations are part of the City of Melbourne’s Flash Forward program – the largest revitalisation of CBD laneways in Melbourne’s history.

Recently complete works include:

Preparing kids for life after school is tough. When your child has autism, it can be overwhelming

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 17/12/2021 - 10:45

Damian McIver

Eighteen-year-old Jake Course's life has been built around routines and familiarity.

Every day, it's toasted cheese sandwiches and raisin toast. The Wiggles and Thomas the Tank Engine. Tinkering with his dad's hot rod cars, building with Lego, and attending the Sunshine Special Developmental School in Melbourne's west.

This month, he will complete Year 12, and the school bus which has been picking him up and dropping him home for the last 13 years will come no more.

His mother Melissa Boyd has been dreading that day.

La Trobe University researchers help prevent suicide in the autistic and and LGBTIQA+ communities with website

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 17/12/2021 - 00:00

Allanah Sciberras

This story contains references to suicide. If you or someone you know needs support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

La Trobe University researchers have developed a website to help people better identify and respond to suicide risk in their family members and friends.

Created as part of a world-first suicide prevention initiative, The Suicide Response Project is aimed at the general public, but includes information specifically to support people from the autistic and LGBTIQA+ communities.

‘A lot fell into place’: the adults who discovered they were autistic – after their child was diagnosed

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 17/12/2021 - 00:00

Joanna Moorhead

The recorded incidence of autism has increased 787% in 20 years. For many parents, getting help for an autistic child alerted them to their own traits

When John Purnell’s 10-year-old son was diagnosed as autistic, he knew exactly how to respond. “I’ve always been fascinated by research, by detail, by finding out everything there is to find out about something,” he says. “So I did a really deep dive.”