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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What do you want others to know about you and your autism experience?

Tasmanian Autistic people and their families are encouraged to share their story. Autism Tasmania is pleased to partner with our Victorian counterpart Amaze to support their landmark study into the experiences of Autistic people across Australia is currently underway. Developed by an autistic-led research team and a panel of autistic people, this research will uncover how autistic people are treated by others, what life is like, what autistic people want others to know about autism, and how autistic people want to be described. The survey is being conducted by the Australian Catholic University. It follows on from the 2017, study of […]

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Australian Conference on Neurodevelopment Disorders

17 – 18 September 2021 Autism Tasmania is pleased to support this conference and welcome Professor Andrew Whitehouse to Tasmania. The conference is open to all who share neurodiversity, recognising the strengths of difference in neurological development while recognising the challenges and offering insights and strategies to improve lived experience. Special pricing for people with lived experience. Professor Whitehouse will present research driven, evidence based, early interventions for children on the spectrum. To register for the event please follow this link – ACND|Australian Conference On Neurodevelopmental Disorders […]

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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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Autism and Bushfire Emergencies

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Bushfire season is a stressful time for all of us, including children on the autism spectrum. Children on the autism spectrum can sense that adults around them are anxious, fearful and overwhelmed. Additionally, their anxiety increases as their routines, schedules and living situations are disrupted during the fires. We would like to offer some suggestions for you to help your child adjust to the changes and the stresses related to the fires. Tips and suggestions for all children on the autism spectrum: Establish structured activities throughout the day to keep the children occupied. Establish routines wherever you and the children […]

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National Guideline for Autism Assessment & Diagnosis

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. “Everybody deserves to receive a consistent and professional service throughout their diagnosis journey regardless of where they live in Australia” states Paul Micallef, autistic Co-Chair of the Australian Autism Alliance. “The National Guideline is the first step in achieving […]

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Post-school resources and supports

Leaving school can be a time of mixed emotions for both parents and their child. This time of transition also brings with it several challenges. There are some reputable information resources that you may find helpful as you prepare for this period: Autism Launchpad. This Australian website has been created as a resource for young people with autism or Asperger’s, and their families about finishing school and starting adult life. Raising Children Network has some useful information about preparing teenagers on the autism spectrum for work opportunities. Get Ready for Study and Work. This is a resource prepared by the […]

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Coles Supermarkets introduce “Quiet Hour”

Coles Supermarkets introduces Quiet Hour initiative

Coles Newtown is the first supermarket in Tasmania to participate in the new Quiet Hour initiative, offering a more sensory-friendly shopping experience. Every Tuesday between 10:30am and 11:30am, lights will be dimmed, the radio and intercom will be silent, trolley collections suspended, and register beeps lowered to minimum volume. We congratulate Coles for their efforts to provide a low-stress environment for shoppers with sensory difficulties, and hope to see more Tasmanian stores embracing Quiet Hour soon. Read the full story here. […]

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Needs-based funding for students with disability in Tasmania

Last week, Minister for Education Jeremy Rockliff announced the Tasmanian Government had taken the first steps toward implementing a needs-based funding model for students with disability, replacing the IQ-based models used up to now. This has been a longtime goal for disability education advocates, and we at Autism Tasmania welcome this news enthusiastically. The Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby has more on this. Read their response here. […]

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