Why employing autistic people makes good business sense

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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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Stress and anxiety in adolescents with ASD

Dr Mirko Uljarevic talks  about the prevalence of stress and anxiety amongst young people with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), how parents of children with ASDs cope with stress and anxiety, and what support should be in place. Continue reading

Tim Sharp


Laser beak man son of a gun 2014
crayon and pen and cartridge paper
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Frame of Mind is an Autism awareness campaign that invites you the viewer to engage in the work of seven contemporary artists.

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Tim Sharp

i love it

Laser beak man I love it 2014
crayon and pen on cartridge paper
29 x 52 cm


Frame of Mind is an Autism awareness campaign that invites you the viewer to engage with work of seven contemporary artists.

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News from the Margot Prior Wing – the Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (Vic) – March 2015


From Ed Duncan
Speech and Language Therapist and Senior Coordinator of the Margot Prior Wing

In 2015, La Trobe University’s Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC) is continuing to focus on enhancing its capacity to provide evidenced-based intervention for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Research continues to provide the foundation for the program and this year we are providing the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) to young children with ASD in our mainstream All Day Care Service. We will compare the learning outcomes of these children to children with autism who are receiving the ESDM within autism-specific playrooms.

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Infographic: Autism & Vaccines

Vaccine Infographic

The movement against vaccinations continues to make news with numerous articles across all media, and public health experts are required to continuously defend vaccinations.

This topic is not a theoretical one…it effects the lives and health of many.

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Autism research playlist makes Apple’s best of 2014


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.

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Ways to interact with children with ASD

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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An investigation into sleep difficulties in Adults with High-Functioning ASD

Woman not sleeping

Many people with ASD report problems with sleep, but most ASD sleep research to date has focused on children and adolescents, with only a few studies involving adults with ASD. We also know very little about which aspects of sleep are problematic; is it difficulties with going to sleep (sleep onset latency), staying asleep (total sleep time), frequent waking during the night (wake after sleep onset), or less total sleep. There is also very little research into how daytime functioning is affected in adults with ASD who sleep poorly. One of our students, Emma Baker, has therefore decided to study sleep problems and how they are related to daytime functioning in adults with ASD. Emma is studying for her PhD under the supervision of Associate Professor Amanda Richdale who is one of the international experts on sleep problems associated with ASD.

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SACS in Poland

Dr Josephine Barbaro at the SACS training in Poland.

Dr Josephine Barbaro (Centre) at the SACS training in Poland. Photos: Tomasz Dudek

OTARC staff, Professor Dissanayake and Dr Barbaro, have been working with Dr Joanna Kwasiborska-Dudek in Warsaw, Poland, to implement the Social Attention and Communication Surveillance (SACS) to facilitate early identification in Poland. Dr Kwasiborska-Dudek recently gave a lecture about this project at a conference organized by the Synapsis Foundation, a high-profile group of Polish psychiatrists and psychotherapists. Her talk was well received and generated a lot of interest in others wanting to be trained in SACS. They are now planning for the next SACS training in Poland.

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