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How a father and son bond is helping other kids with autism move for independence

Submitted by bobb on Thu, 16/12/2021 - 00:00

Georgie Hewson

When Isaac Lappin's son was 18 months old, he wasn't sure he'd ever be able to speak.

"I noticed the first change was within that first 18 months, which is a big turnaround with a lot of autistic kids," Isaac says.

"With that 18 months, the visual signs were like most [autistic] kids — like lining up toys, cups had to be the same, and just little things like that we really noticed.

"Then being non-verbal … back then, there wasn't much help."

Isaac's son was diagnosed with autism, and it hit home for Isaac, who is autistic himself.

Early birds find museum welcomes those on autism spectrum

Submitted by bobb on Thu, 16/12/2021 - 00:00

Ellie Mitchell

Kids handle exhibits and chatter excitedly at the top of their voices in the Australian Museum, where it would normally be peaceful this early in the morning.

The unusual scene makes Emma Gallagher’s heart lift because this space, on this day, is meant to be used in precisely this way.

Tactile exhibits are part of a more sensory experience at Australian Museum.Credit:Anna Kucera/Australian Museum

NDIS launches historic suit against care home over 2019 death of resident who drowned in bath

Submitted by bobb on Tue, 7/12/2021 - 00:00

Commission claims provider’s litany of alleged failures left the safety of Merna Aprem – who had autism and epilepsy – at ‘real and significant risk’

Two and a half years after Merna Aprem was found drowned in the bath of her NDIS funded care home in Sydney, the industry watchdog has announced a historic lawsuit accusing the provider of a litany of failures.

The lawsuit is the first of its kind from the Quality and Safeguards Commission, which formed as part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in July 2018.

How Nick McAllister found his words after a tough time looking for employment as an autistic writer

Submitted by bobb on Mon, 6/12/2021 - 00:00

Nick McAllister

For 10 years, I was unemployed because I was autistic.

Every time I was forced to tick the "I have a disability" box, it made me feel insignificant as a human being.

It became the focal point of who I was — and I knew when I would get that automated rejection email telling me I didn't get the job, it was because of my condition.

There are both misconceptions and fears about employing a disabled person, but also ignorance and prejudice. 

After my autism diagnosis, I successfully applied for the state disability support pension.

Perth mother may have to quit work to care for autistic son after NDIS package cut by 70%

Submitted by bobb on Sun, 28/11/2021 - 08:23

Luke Henriques-Gomes

Labor accuses Coalition of ‘stealth’ cuts to disability funding as other families complain about recent changes

A Perth mother fears she will have to quit her job to care for her autistic son after his national disability insurance scheme package was cut by about 70%, in the latest example of what the opposition is labelling “stealth” cuts to the program.

Grace under fire

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 26/11/2021 - 14:37

Grace Tame raised her voice and started a revolution that would change the national conversation. But being Australian of the Year has taken a toll.

Grace Tame has lost track of the number of speeches she’s given since being named Australian of the Year. She just knows she can’t keep up this pace forever.

Autistic actor Chloe Hayden lands role in “Heartbreak High” remake

Submitted by bobb on Wed, 24/11/2021 - 13:22

Australian autistic actor, Chloe Hayden lands lead role in the new Netflix remake of the Iconic 90’s series, Heartbreak High. I can confidentially say every Australian is EXCITED!

Netflix announced the news on Monday. The show also revealed the cast. A cast of Australian actors makes up the main group in the reboot of the iconic series. Production is now underway in Sydney for the Netflix reboot and due for global release in 2022.

Cuts to NDIS cuts will harm Australian economy: National Disability Services report

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 12/11/2021 - 06:49

Dan Jervis-Bardy

Cutting funding to the NDIS would have serious implications for the wider Australian economy, with women the hardest hit, according to new research which casts fresh doubt over claims the scheme is unsustainable.

Peak body National Disability Services has published the analysis as it launches a new campaign urging candidates to reject cuts to the scheme ahead of the next federal election.

NDIS providers used unauthorised restraints on clients over a million times in 12 months

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 12/11/2021 - 00:00

Luke Henriques-Gomes

Exclusive: Carers use of methods such as sedating or strapping a person down more than doubles in a year

National disability insurance scheme providers used unauthorised restraints on clients – such as sedating or strapping down a person, or depriving them of their personal belongings – more than one million times in 2020-21.

The new figures, reported to federal parliament by the NDIS quality and safeguards commission, show a 240% increase on the previous 12-months and have prompted calls for an investigation.