Autism Terminology is important

The Autism Tasmania Board has endorsed a Terminology Policy that recogises the dual importance of: consistent use of terms that match the collective preferences expressed by the Autism community in parallel to always following 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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Be Concerned, Relieved….but now act to Prevent Harm

On behalf of the Autism Spectrum Community, Autism Tasmania is dismayed to learn of the news of a recent incident of sexual grooming via social media of a vulnerable young person on the Autism Spectrum. Our thoughts are with this young person and her family at this enormously difficult time. Donna Blanchard, CEO Autism Tasmania said that everyone should be heartened by the proactive actions of the family and the police that worked – in this instance – to protect this vulnerable young person and prevent harm. We now all need to learn how to prevent harm. There are a […]

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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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