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Autism-specific Early Learning Centre Event

If you’re a parent or an early childhood professional interested in our ‘Talk and Tour’, please see details in this PDF ASELLC Open Day Flyer May.

Please note: the 11.15 session is fully booked.

For questions or to register, please email vicaselcc@latrobe.edu.au, stating your name, preferred session to attend, organisation and position (if relevant), or telephone the Children’s Community Centre on 9479 2122.

An Update on the Autism CRC Longitudinal Study of School Leavers with Autism

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By Associate Professor Amanda Richdale

To date, there has been relatively little research focused on adolescents and adults with autism, making this project a very important one. Our primary goal is to find out what happens with young people on the autism spectrum and their families as these young people transition into adult life. We want to identify outcomes for young people and their families, and understand what predicts these outcomes so that in the future, better, well-timed and individually tailored supports can be provided to maximize positive outcomes. Continue reading

Director’s report – Summer 2016

Welcome to the Summer edition of Another Piece!

Our first appointment at OTARC was Dr Elfriede Ihsen, a long-time colleague and developmental psychologist. Soon after she joined us, Lisbeth Wilks, our Administrative Officer, joined as well. Lisbeth has had responsibility, amongst other things, for delivering our quarterly newsletter, Another Piece, to you, our readers and supporters. Together we worked to establish the Centre and successfully launch it in mid-2008. Elfriede and Lisbeth have been the backbone of much of what we do at OTARC. Both will retire this year, and I would like to acknowledge their dedication and generous contributions to OTARC over many years. Continue reading

Autism Detection goes Digital

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La Trobe University’s Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) has launched a free smartphone app, called ASDetect that empowers parents and caregivers to identify autism earlier and more accurately than ever before.

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Autism Research Podcasts

Living with Autism

One of the key objectives of the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre is the fostering of knowledge transfer to families and practitioners within the field. To assist, we have created two playlists to support this.

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Is Australia ready to give people with disability real choice and control over services?

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Helen Dickinson, University of Melbourne

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.

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Could early infant screening and intervention help prevent autism?

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Kristelle Hudry, La Trobe University and Andrew Whitehouse, University of Western Australia

Among the many available therapies and early interventions for children with autism, only a few are backed up with solid scientific evidence. But here’s some good news: recently, the quality of autism early intervention research has improved significantly.

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New research partnership targets adults and employment

Official signing of MOU

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).

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Job opportunity for Employment Services Manager

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Help Adults with ASD become “Job Ready”

An exciting opportunity exists to apply for a position of Employment Service Manager for a roll out of the Specialisterne program across Australia.

If you have a keen interest in managing an assessment and transition-to-work program for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) please consider applying.

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Why employing autistic people makes good business sense

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Anna Remington, UCL Institute of Education twitter@annaremington

Microsoft has announced its intention to hire more autistic people – not as a charitable enterprise but because, as corporate vice-president Mary Ellen Smith said: “People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft.” Employing autistic people makes good business sense.

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