New Australian Disability Strategy

Australia's Disability Strategy 2021-2031

Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021-2031 which replaces and builds on the previous National Disability Strategy 2010-2020, is Australia’s national disability policy framework. It sets out a plan for governments and stakeholders across Australia to improve the lives of people with disability in Australia over the next ten years. For the first time, the strategy’s implementation and monitoring will be overseen by a government-appointed council comprising people with disability from the community and disability sector. The strategy has been welcomed by a range of disability representative organisations for the new features it contains to drive action and change over the coming decade. […]

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Autism Assistance Dog Funded by NDIS

After three years of battling with NDIS, the Bugg family have finally secured funding for an autism assistance dog (AAD) for their autistic son Lucas. Relying on human touch to sleep at night, six-year-old Lucas found sleeping in his own bed impossible. However, just four weeks after getting his AAD his parents said “The benefits have been immeasurable. They’re just that massive.” Lucas’ dog Vinnie is one of just a few assistance dogs funded through the NDIS. Funding is vital as it costs around $50,000 to train an AAD which is then provided to the family for free. Read the […]

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Autism Terminology is important

The Autism Tasmania Board has endorsed a Terminology Policy that recognises the dual importance of: consistent use of terms that match the collective preferences expressed by the Autism community, and working in parallel to always follow individual preferences expressed by each person. Autism Tasmania will adopt this terminology in all communications and will work to encourage other organisations and the media to join us. View the Terminology Policy here.     […]

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