We aim to provide resources in this section about the systemic lobbying that we do, about the organisation’s position on a number of topics relating to ASD as well as a variety of other publications.
If you cannot find what you are looking for, please email us.
A source of definitions and explanation of the many terms and acronyms used in the autism community.
Link to glossary
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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 an 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.
The following position papers explain the position of the organisation on a number of topics.
- Alternative Treatments
- What is an Autism Spectrum Disorder?
- Having another diagnosis with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Australia
- Autism Spectrum Disorders have a neurobiological basis
- Preparing teachers to teach students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Integration of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
The following links provide insight into different aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder:
In My Mind by Alex Olinkiewicz, a 16-year old with Asperger’s Syndrome: hear from him how he feels about his condition.
Excerpts from Beautiful Minds – a Voyage into the Brain: a video of Stephen Wiltshire, a British man with autism who has a rare talent, to draw scenes from memory having seen them only once.
Jonathan Petty is a young adult with autism, who was born blind and is able to play the piano, self-taught, by ear. Watch Youtube clip
Reece Jones is 25 and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He is working as a builder’s labourer to save up to start university next year.
Danny Autism Awareness short video clip: this is our own promotional video portraying some of the characteristics of a person with an ASD and is suitable for general viewing for people with little or no knowledge of the condition.
This animation gives an insight into what it’s like to experience a sensory overload for an individual on the Spectrum.