Autism Spectrum Australia


  • National Australia Bank taps into autism talent Date posted: Wed, 18/01/2017 - 4:02pm

    Dan has been working at National Australia Bank as an analyst for 5 months now, and is loving it.

    “The thing I like most about the role is the chance to fix things. Anything where there is a problem, that can be tackled and corrected, I love that kind of stuff” said Dan.

    “It is mostly analysing numbers, we have lots of numbers stored in the network and I do lots of different things with them to produce a numerical output.”

    As a young adult on the autism spectrum, Dan turned to the employment team at Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) for guidance.

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  • Top ten tips for creating an autism-friendly workplace Date posted: Mon, 09/01/2017 - 12:52pm

    The team at Aspect Capable and some of the adults on the spectrum that they work with, have compiled their ten top tips for creating an autism friendly workplace.

    1. Staff awareness and training

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  • Musician donates profits from album to help children with autism learn to play instruments Date posted: Thu, 08/12/2016 - 11:29am

    Central Coast musician Luke Bellows is sharing the spirit of Christmas this year with his new album “Sea & Son’s”, released later this month. With the profits from his album sales, Luke will provide musical instruments for children with autism.

    “Learning to play music has given me a voice, it is the purest form of communication I know. I believe that through learning to play music, children with autism can have an opportunity to express their emotions more easily, and communicate without the barriers of language" Luke said.

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  • The tech-savvy teachers using coding to help children with autism Date posted: Wed, 07/12/2016 - 3:37pm

    Craig Smith and Heath Wild are teachers at the Aspect Hunter School, who have developed their very own iTunes U course for children on the spectrum.

    Realising that many of their students have a very keen interest in technology, including iPad apps and games, the course has been designed by the teachers to help children on the autism spectrum with everyday routines and tasks which they may usually struggle with.

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  • Taronga Zoo hosts autism-friendly day for people on the spectrum Date posted: Fri, 02/12/2016 - 9:18am

    Taronga Zoo will be offering special early entry for guests on the autism spectrum on Saturday 8th April 2017. The iconic zoo in Sydney has teamed up with Autism Spectrum Australia to start the Access Taronga initiative, which aims to provide a range of supports and services for guests on the spectrum.

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  • Musicians on the spectrum release album Date posted: Fri, 25/11/2016 - 4:06pm

    ‘Club Weld’ is a music studio program, for people on the autism spectrum, supported by Autism Spectrum Australia and Information Cultural Exchange (ICE).

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  • Aspect to host Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2017 Date posted: Thu, 24/11/2016 - 3:46pm

    The Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders (AAB-ASD), the convenor of the Asia Pacific Autism Conference, has appointed Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) to host the fifth Asia Pacific Autism Conference in 2017 (APAC 17) in Sydney at the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour.

    The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autism CRC) will also be involved to promote the research outcomes being generated by this world-first national research collaboration here in Australia.

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  • Nominations closing soon for Autism Spectrum Australia's Recognition Awards 2017 Date posted: Wed, 23/11/2016 - 3:41pm

    Do you know someone who is a different brilliant? Nominations will close on Monday 27th February.



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  • Sensitive Santa 2016 Date posted: Thu, 17/11/2016 - 10:19am

    Staff from Autism Spectrum Australia have been as busy as Christmas elves, training Santas across NSW on how to interact with children on the autism spectrum. 

    The Sensitive Santa program invites families with a child on the autism spectrum to have a photo with Santa without the common hustle and bustle and sensory overload. 

    Families can book during certain times, which means no queues, and have their child or children photographed with Santa in an autism-friendly environment. 

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  • Picture books help preschool students understand their peers with autism Date posted: Mon, 14/11/2016 - 1:53pm

    A series of picture books created by a team of researchers at the University of Wollongong (UOW) aims to help young children support and understand their friends who are living with autism.

    Developed by Professor Mitch Byrne, from UOW’s School of Psychology, in collaboration with doctoral student Lidija Balaz, the three books are targeted at those aged between three and five and explore the experiences of children with autism who attend mainstream preschools.

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