Submission on autism/ASD and the NDIS in the ACT

By convenor | Thu, 19/4/2018 - 16:29

A4 and SOfASD made a joint submission to the ACT Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Social Services about the NDIS. It concludes with the following section:

Conclusions and suggestions

The NDIS has enormous potential to improve the lives of Australians with disability and the whole community. But to achieve its goals, the NDIS needs to be so much better than it is now.

The NDIA seems to have issues particularly with autistic participants.

Submission to NDIS Early Intervention Inquiry

By convenor | Thu, 17/8/2017 - 11:07

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4) sent a submission to the  Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for its Inquiry into Provision of services under the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach. 

The submission is listed as Submission 18 and is published here on the submissions webpage.

A4 is disappointed bt the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach. A4's submission to the Inquiry explains why.

Specific disappointments include:

Submission on National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs

By convenor | Wed, 29/3/2017 - 22:58

A4 made a submission to the Productivity Commission study of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs. 

The submission's conclusion says:

Previously, we said that the NDIS has substantial potential to improve the lives of autistic people. They may have access to more services and supports. They have more choice and control of the services and supports they access.

The hyperbole associated with the introduction of the NDIS is enormous: people’s expectations of what the NDIS will deliver is often excessive. The NDIS does not deliver all that people hope.

Inquiry into the provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition

By bobb | Sun, 5/3/2017 - 17:07

A4's submission

A4 made a submission to the inquiry by the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS into the provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition. 

You can download A4's submission from the inquiry's submissions page or using the link below. A4's submission is number 89.

The keys points in A4's submission are:

Catastrophic Misuse of Inappropriate IQ Tests with People with ASD and Little or No Speech

By bobb | Tue, 31/1/2017 - 14:07

The Anne McDonald Centre made an alarming submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Services for People with ASD.

It alleges inappropriate testing of non-verbal children, many of whom have ASD ... and subsequently, inappropriate and ineffective teaching in Victorian schools.

The submission can be downloaded from… 

A4's submission to DSS on employment services

By convenor | Fri, 16/12/2016 - 18:00

A4 provided the submission below in response to the DSS Discussion Paper (see…). A4's submission starts out saying:

The opening sentence of the Minister’s Foreword to the discussion paper says:

The Australian Government is committed to improving employment outcomes for people with disability and getting more people with disability into jobs.

Submission to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

By bobb | Sun, 9/10/2016 - 09:36

The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory 
PO Box 4215,
Kingston ACT 2604



Dear Commissioners

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4) is a national grassroots organisation advocating for autistic people (people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder – ASD).

CEDAW: autistic women and mothers

By bobb | Wed, 4/11/2015 - 08:19

Presentation by Monique Blakemore to CEDAW, United Nations 30th October 2015 

Autistic women are a marginalised sector of the worlds largest minority group, the disabled community. There is an estimated 51,870,000 autistic women worldwide, a similar population to England.

Autistic women are subjected to systemic disadvantage in most areas of their lives. Autistic women experience exclusion socially, in education, in their personal lives, in the judicial system and in access to healthcare. Autistic leadership, exemplified by organizations such as Autism Women Matter, the Scottish Women’s Autism Network (SWAN) and Alliance Autiste, is necessary to challenge stigma and discrimination. 

Real, effective, and meaningful participation of autistic people, regardless of gender, is encapsulated in the phrase ‘nothing about us without us’ and is the aim of the autistic rights movement. Representation of autistic people by groups and individuals is frequently unfunded and unsupported. Unfortunately, ‘tokenism’, which is the illusion of consultation, is over-representative of the autistic advocacy experience. Autistic voices can be crowded out by those of professionals and parent caregivers that love and support us, but may see autism through their own experience.