Policy and Advocacy for the Autism Community
Our organisation advocates on behalf of the autism community for change to service and funding models and programs, government regulation and legislation, to improve support for individuals and families living with ASD.
The process of systemic advocacy involves the development of policies, preparation of submissions and consultation with stakeholders. The documents below are advocacy documents that we have developed, or responses that we have made to reports put out by government or other bodies.
Response to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) research project “Experience of students with a disability in schools”. March 2012.
The organisation’s response to the federal government’s draft National Disability Insurance Scheme, 2011
A report on the organisation’s position on guardianship, 2011
Comment on the ABS report on ASD. August 2011
The organisation’s views on a carer strategy, 2011
A Call to Political Parties for a more effective support system for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders at the 2010 Victorian State Election. November 2010
Autism State Plan
In the 2006 pre-election policy, “Addressing Disadvantage”, the Victorian State Government committed to developing the Autism State Plan in partnership with Autism Victoria, with the aim to build new and better approaches for meeting the complex and growing needs of people with ASD.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) worked on the plan with representatives from Autism Victoria, the Department of Education and Early Childhood (DEECD) and the Department of Premier and Cabinet. A draft Autism State Plan was submitted to government in 2008 after extensive consultation with stakeholders. Meredith Ward took the role of Manager – Autism State Plan.