Autism Spectrum


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Our Family’s NDIS Journey: Part 3 The Portal and Some Issues

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Read previous parts: Part 1 Preparing and The Planning Meeting here Part 2 The Supports here   Part 3 – Using the NDIS Portal, Record Keeping and Some Issues We are self managing our son’s NDIS supports, which means we need to keep very good records of supports he receives, invoices and repayments.   Factsheet on […]

Our Family’s NDIS Journey: Part 2 The Supports

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Read the first part of our family’s story about preparing for the NDIS and having the first planning meeting here.   Waiting For The Plan It took a couple of weeks for the plan to come through. In fact, I called the NDIS main number after two weeks and was told there was a plan […]

Our Family’s NDIS Journey: Part 1 Preparing and Planning Meeting

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We are a family of six who live in the northern part of Sydney. The NDIS started in our area in July 2016. My son Tom is 19 and has been doing a Transition To Work program with the charitable social enterprise Fighting Chance since he left school at the end of 2015.   Contacting the […]

Noodles for Good: Singaporean Micro Business

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Here’s a lovely short video about a social enterprise in Singapore. The Noodles for Good kiosk provides employment for people with autism alonside a family member. The businesses are supported and mentored as they progress. Do have a look, it might give you a great idea for your own micro business!

Aspect Capable Facebook Page

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  Have you liked the Aspect Capable Facebook page yet?  You can find it here. On the page you’ll find information about Aspect Capable’s mentoring and training programs in Sydney and Victoria. Jobs are also advertised on the page. Aspect Capable is expanding and Facebook is a great place to keep up to date as […]

Autism and Travel Insurance: What You Need To Know

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  If you are wondering : ‘Does autism affect travel insurance?’ The answer is YES. People with autism need to let travel insurers know they have a pre-existing condition and often need to pay a small extra charge in order to be fully covered. This also includes children with autism. But the good news is […]

New E-Book from Autism Association of Western Australia

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This new -book from the Autism Association of Western Australia is primarily written to support children and teenagers on the move from primary to high school. It is also of relevance to young people who are planning the move out of high school.   “This digital book, about the transition to high school and beyond, […]

Shobi Miranda, Tasmanian Artist

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  Stephen Wiltshire is the world’s best known artist who has autism, and here in Australia Tim Sharp of Laser Beak Man fame, and Ping Lian are also well known. Today we’d like to introduce you to a young Tasmanian artist whose work is often exhibited in her home state. Her name is Shobi Miranda. […]

Employment in Animal Care For People With Autism Spectrum

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It’s exciting to see some more jobs being offered specifically for people on the spectrum. Autism and Agriculture is the initiative of the Autism CRC and SunPork Farms, a major producer of pork.  Eight jobs have been offered in Queensland and South Australia.  The roles are in pig care and welfare.  SunPork says: We believe […]

New Book: Shining A Light On The Autism Spectrum: Experiences And Aspirations Of Adults

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  There’s a brand new book available which will be of great interest to adults on the spectrum and their families. Shining A Light On The Autism Spectrum: Experiences And Aspirations Of Adults collects the real-life experiences of adults who have ASD, in their own words, as well as data from the study and case studies. […]

Cause Cafe – Inspiration From New York State

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  Here’s a very inspiring story about the successful employment of young people with ASD in a cafe and bakery in New York State. It’s the kind of story that might inspire some of us Aussies to set up entrepreneurial businesses that use the strengths and skills of young people on the spectrum.     Cause Cafe in […]

Mathew Townsend: Environmental and Diversity Advocate

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Mathew Townsend is a young man of 25, he’s a campaigner and an advocate and proud holder of two university degrees. Mathew has a Master of Environmental Management – Sustainable Development (2015-16) from the University of Queensland, St Lucia and a Bachelor of Environmental Science (2010-12) from James Cook University, Townsville. Mathew has a diagnosis of high functioning autism and […]

Looking for Participants: Understanding the public transport needs of young adults on the autism spectrum

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Please join this research study! Understanding the public transport needs of young adults on the autism spectrum What is this research about? This study aims to find out about the public transport needs of young adults on the autism spectrum who live in or regularly travel in an Australian city. The findings will be used […]

My Son at Age 23 – By a Melbourne Dad

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Here’s a post by the dad of a young man from Melbourne.  Dad explains his son’s background and then how his life is going today. He ends with his thoughts on what the NDIS may bring. Thank you, Mr T.,  for contributing to Autism Launchpad.   Background My son J is 23 and was diagnosed […]

Our Story: Early Days With The NDIS

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Here is a story from Cate who is the mum of a young son with ASD, the family has been part of the Adelaide NDIS trial site. We hope readers will find this useful.   Koebi is our 12 year old who is severely autistic and has severe intellectual disabilities.   We moved to Adelaide […]

Our Story: Getting Started With The NDIS

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Here’s a story which we hope readers will find useful.  Charmaine is the mum of Jack, a teenager who lives in the NDIS trial site in Newcastle, NSW. In this Q+A Charmaine explains how the family’s initial meetings with the NDIS went, and she gives her advice for other families coming through. Jack is 13 […]

What Can The NDIS Pay For?

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Here is an excellent post from Sam Paior of The Growing Space in Adelaide, I do recommend following the Facebook page here.    NDIS NUTS & BOLTS #2 – What Can the NDIS Pay For?   NDIS can provide funds for an eligible person with disability to buy a wide range of supports and services. […]

New NDIS Video – A Simple Guide

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If you or your family member is a visual learner then this new video from the NDIS will be really helpful. It’s a very simple basic primer, I know this works well for my young son who is 19.  Check it out and let us know what you think. We’re adding to the NDIS section […]

The Dandelion Program – Specialisterne Australia

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Specialisterne is a company, founded in Denmark, which works with companies and organisations to find and train people with autism for very specific roles. The Australian arm was set up in 2015 with the aim of enabling 12,000 careers for people on the autism spectrum by 2025. That’s a great goal! Specialisterne helps employers to […]

Autism At Work – Software Giant SAP Policy in Australia

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SAP Australia is part of a global multinational company which has been rolling out an Autism At Work program across its global workforce. SAP aims to have 1% of its workforce being on the spectrum by 2020, and sees this is putting it at an advantage within the IT sector. Read an article about this […]