Autism Spectrum Australia


  • Autism friendly shoe fitting makes back to school shopping easier for families Date posted: Fri, 01/02/2019 - 9:48am

    Taking your young child to have new school shoes fitted can be challenging for any parent, but it can be especially challenging for parents of children on the autism spectrum. Children who don’t like to be touched, who find busy shopping centres overwhelming, or who have trouble understanding how to wait their turn.

    But this is just the sort of challenge that confronts Nicola Burgess at the beginning of every school year when it’s time to take her son, Riley, aged 7 to try on new school shoes.

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  • Sensitive Santa - Interview with Tom Tutton & Amy Smith Date posted: Fri, 30/11/2018 - 2:56pm

    Dr Tom Tutton, National Manager Aspect Practice and Amy Smith, Inclusion Advisor at Aspect, sat down with Richard Glover (ABC Radio Sydney) to discuss recent shopping mall initiatives to make things a bit easier for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. They discuss how simple adjustments can lead to a more autism-friendly environment and, hopefully, opens the way to the idea of universal design that works for everyone and not just 'a selected few.

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  • Research shows children miss out on vital early intervention therapies due to delays in diagnosis Date posted: Wed, 07/11/2018 - 9:20am

    New research by Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) shows that up to 70% of children diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum may have missed out on important early intervention therapies due to delays in receiving a diagnosis.

    Vicki Gibbs, National Manager, Aspect Research, led the study which investigated the diagnostic pathways of 215 children referred to Autism Spectrum Australia for assessment. Findings show that the average age of diagnosis for a child on the autism spectrum was 5 years.

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  • Statement from the Australian Autism Alliance on the release of the National Guidelines for Autism Diagnosis Date posted: Tue, 16/10/2018 - 3:45pm

    The Autism Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) has published Australia's first National Guideline for the assessment and diagnosis of autism.

    All Australians who require assessment for autism spectrum conditions are entitled to an early, affordable and comprehensive diagnostic process. The Guideline provides an opportunity to ensure a nationally consistent and equitable experience across the lifespan for families and individuals seeking a diagnosis.

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  • The largest autism School Sports Carnival comes to Sydney Olympic Park Date posted: Tue, 11/09/2018 - 1:17pm

    MEDIA RELEASE - 11 September 2018

    Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is bringing its NSW schools together this Wednesday, 12 September, to form the largest autism-specific sports event in the southern hemisphere.

    Over 2000 students, teachers and family members are expected to attend the event at the Athletics Centre, Sydney’s Olympic Park, for a day of inclusivity and celebration.

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  • How are we preparing our education system for kids on the autism spectrum? Date posted: Tue, 28/08/2018 - 5:15pm

    With an estimated 107,000 Australian children between the ages of 5 and 19 years on the autism spectrum, educating students on the spectrum is a critical issue for the education sector.

    Research shows that many students on the autism spectrum struggle in the education system, facing problems such as exclusion, bullying, depression and anxiety, and they are often misunderstood by educators, peers and the wider community.

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  • Autism prevalence rate up by an estimated 40% to 1 in 70 people Date posted: Wed, 11/07/2018 - 3:10pm

    Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) has revised its autism prevalence rates from 1 in 100 to an estimated 1 in 70 people in Australia on the autism spectrum. That is an estimated 40% increase or around 353,880 people.

    Aspect CEO, Adrian Ford, said the new number reflects recent changes in diagnostic criteria and new national and international research.

    “Aspect has been using the 1 in 100 figure since 2014 based on the best research and information coming from overseas and within Australia at the time.

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  • Aspect releases 2017 Annual Report highlighting innovation practice Date posted: Thu, 14/06/2018 - 9:46am

    Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) has released its 2017 Annual Report showcasing its innovative Aspect Comprehensive Approach, which is transforming the way Aspect staff work and interact with people on the autism spectrum.

    Adrian Ford, Aspect’s CEO said the Aspect Comprehensive Approach provided staff with a consistent standard of practice, that he hoped to embed in every facet of Aspect’s work with people on the spectrum.

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  • Statement by the Australian Autism Alliance Date posted: Wed, 23/05/2018 - 10:15am


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  • NDIA statement on NDIS and access requirements for autism. Date posted: Mon, 21/05/2018 - 4:24pm

    On Saturday, 19 May, The Australian newspaper published an article regarding plans by the NDIA to redefine the conditions for List A and List B of the NDIS which would have implications for many people on the autism spectrum.  This followed the uploading of an incorrect document to the NDIS website last week

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