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 Tasmania works to ensure that the voice of the Tasmanian Autistic community is heard – loud and clear! We work to shape the programs and policies at local, state, and national levels. This includes submissions to influence the range of reforms to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Your views are valued. To share them please contact our CEO: E: ceo@autismtas.org.au The details of our current advocacy activities are set out under the below sections. State Election 2021 Senate Selection Committee on Autism Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability NDIS submissions National Disability […]

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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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Advocating for new NDIS Independent Assessments to be halted!

Australian Autism Alliance Access and Planning Policies On all accounts the National Disability Insurance Scheme NDIS has delivered life-transforming benefits to the over 10,000 eligible participants across Tasmania. Of note 31% of participants have Autism as a primary diagnosis, 37% as a secondary. For this reason listening to the unique needs of the Autistic community is fundamental to informing the continual improvement of the NDIS. We write to alert you to a concerning development in reforms to the NDIS, specifically the implementation of new assessment arrangements. Every person supports the need for nationally consistent assessment processes. We all need to […]

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Be a Training Facilitator with our team

We are seeking two exceptional community sector training facilitators to expand the reach of our Autism training programs. Autism Tasmania’s Training services are one of a range of services valued by the Tasmanian Community.  Our state-wide training program delivers evidence-based, autistic-informed skill building to a wide range of audiences.  Our programs are tailored for the needs of Autistic people and their families, educators, employers, disability support organisations, and the community. Our training programs deliver expert knowledge and skills training and excel at growing our trainees’ confidence in their diverse roles. AT PD – Training Facilitator 17Mar21 […]

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We are recruiting Support Coordinators

Autism Tasmania’s Support Coordination service is one of a range services valued by the Tasmanian autism community.  Our service helps autistic people to exercise choice and control in relation to their goals, and the planning and delivery of the supports funded under their individual National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan. We excel at connecting autistic people with the providers of specialised supports that help people achieve their social and economic participation goals.  AT PD – Support Coordinator 17Mar21 […]

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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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