Working for social inclusion

Sunday Mail Adelaide A new charter offers new opportunities. Autism SA has launched a new charter to promote social and workplace inclusion for people on the autism spectrum. The Autism Friendly Charter was created in response to an identified need...

A fair go in education for students with disabilities

I have been pondering the comments made by people who encourage the exclusion of children with autism (and other disabilities) from the education system. Accompanying my son, Mitchell aged 17, out into the mainstream community has its own set of...

Autism Awareness Day 2017

Autism Awareness Day This World Autism Day (2nd April, 2017), the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres said: On this World Autism Awareness Day, let us all play a part in changing attitudes toward persons with autism and in...

Kelly Vincent – Vision Australia Interview on Special Books by Special Kids

On Wednesday 7 December, Dignity Party MLC Kelly Vincent was interviewed on radio station Vision Australia where she discussed Chris Ulmer, the man behind Special Books by Special Kids. Here is the transcript and audio from the interview. Pam Green:...

Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: I rise to put on the record the support of Dignity for Disability for the Hon. Ms Bressington's motion. In order to provide people with PDD-NOS with additional resources, as well as an increased sense of...

Early Investment in Autism – What’s Next on the NDIS Strategy Roll Out?

Since the implementation of the NDIS in 2013, we have seen the positive benefits this scheme has provided to people.  But when Government funding starts to dry up a little, service providers will need to stay ahead of their game...

Make South Australia A+ on Autism: Dignity for Disability launches autism policy

Dignity for Disability today released a policy to improve the lives of South Australians with autism, anchored by the establishment of a state-wide autism plan. "South Australians with autism are at the mercy of a system that provides piecemeal support...

Piecemeal Approach is not the Answer to Autism Early Intervention

Yesterday’s $2.1 million federal funding injection into the Daphne Street Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre is welcome, but not nearly enough to deal with the burgeoning issue of autism support in this state. Autism SA figures show that...

Autism Support a Lottery of Labels

Figures show that diagnoses of Autism have tripled over the past five years. But Dignity for Disability says the increase in South Australia is not solely due to a higher prevalence of the condition itself, but a lack of support...

World Autism Awareness Day

The Hon. G.A. KANDELAARS: My question is to the Minister for Disabilities. Will the minister detail the importance of World Autism Awareness Day? The Hon. I.K. HUNTER (Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion, Minister for Social Housing, Minister for Disabilities,...