Dr Darren Hedley, OTARC HP Research Fellow
We are six months into our research on the Dandelion Program – an employment program initiated by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, the Department of Human Services and Specialisterne Australia aimed at creating a pathway to meaningful employment for adults on the autism spectrum.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been described as a once-in-a-generation reform which will benefit all Australians. The A$22 billion scheme is due to roll out progressively across most of the country from July of next year. Nearly 20,000 people already have individual plans in place within trial sites.
How does NDIS help people with Autism and their families?
Written by Dr Nancy Sadka
The National Disability Insurance Scheme was established to provide people with disabilities and their family choice and control over their supported funding. It is based on a business model where the person with ASD is the consumer who will be able to purchase services provided by different agencies to live his or her life to the fullest. Families and individuals with Autism need to be well informed on what to expect in terms of funding, support, and where to access tools which are necessary for planning under the NDIS. There is such an abundance of information about this subject on the social media and the different websites that at times it can become difficult to navigate and to sort out the facts from fiction.
La Trobe University’s Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre is partnering with Government, Industry and NGO to maximise opportunities for meaningful work for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Professor Cheryl Dissanayake, Thorkil Sonne and Michael Fieldhouse discuss the implementation of the Specialist People Foundation employment model. This model has now arrived in Australia to help find work for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre and the research accompanying it.
The figure and beyond
Writer’s Block Cafe, La Trobe University – April-May 2015
To celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre will again be launching its Frame of Mind campaign. At the heart of this campaign is the exhibition, The figure and beyond, supported by LUMA (La Trobe University Museum of Art). In light of social and communication difficulties that can come with living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, drawing and art-making can become an important means of communication and expression. Read more “Frame of Mind Exhibition 2015”
Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre’s iTunes U playlist made it to Apple’s “Best of 2014” list. This is indeed a significant world wide achievement and continues to prove the popularity of evidence based information within the community. The playlist contains episodes of Inside the Lab, interviews and recordings of presentations.
Dr Kristlle Hudry from Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre was interviewed about parent-child interactions by Hilary Harper from 774 ABC Melbourne. Dr Hudry looks at different approaches and what research tells us about these approaches.
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