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  • Message from National Director for Education Date posted: Mon, 10/04/2017 - 3:24pm

    13 April 2017

    As you may be aware, Aspect Macarthur School has been involved in an investigation following allegations from a parent dating back to 2012-2013.

    The investigation was conducted by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) in 2016 and these are the results.

    We took this investigation very seriously because, at all our Aspect Schools, the safety and wellbeing of our students are our top priorities. So, this was an opportunity for us to learn and further improve.

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  • World Autism Awareness Day 2 April 2017 Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination Date posted: Fri, 31/03/2017 - 4:39pm

    The United Nations Secretary-General writes in his message for World Autism Awareness Day 2017:

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  • Truckin’ for a good cause Date posted: Wed, 29/03/2017 - 3:49pm

    For Bruce Gunter, 47 and his son Peter, 13, April is all about raising awareness of autism, as they prepare for the biggest road run in the southern hemisphere.

    To celebrate World Autism Awareness Day, a convoy of around 280 historic commercial vehicles are gathering from across the country to take part in the “Haulin’ the Hume” road run, travelling approx. 290km from Clarendon to Yass.

    “We do it to have fun, to raise awareness about autism and put smiles on faces,” says Bruce.

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  • Autism Queensland and Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) to remain separate entities Date posted: Mon, 27/03/2017 - 12:18pm

    In 2016 Autism Queensland and Aspect formed a strategic alliance to explore the possibility of amalgamation.

    After an extensive due diligence process, the identification of certain governance and regulatory issues involved in the structuring of the merger has resulted in a decision by the Boards of Autism Queensland and Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) not to proceed with the proposed merger.

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  • 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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