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Bipartisan support in ACT Assembly for misinformation about autism prevalence

The ACT Government passed a motion about "autism" ...

That this Assembly:

(1)      notes:

           (a)     that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects around one in 160 children, with boys four times more likely to be affected than girls;

           (b)     the importance of early diagnoses, early intervention therapy and support for ASD;

ACT Government releases report in response to 'boy in cage' incident

The ACT Government has released a 275-page report into the way children with "complex needs and challenging behaviours" can be accommodated in Canberra's school system.

The Schools for all Children and Young People report was released in response to an incident in April where a 10-year-old boy with autism was placed in a cage at a Canberra primary school described as a withdrawal space.

ACT meeting NDIS targets but costing more than expected, report shows

New analysis of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) shows the ACT is close to meeting its target of signing up participants, but the scheme is costing more than the national average.

To date 2,176 ACT residents with significant permanent disabilities have signed up to the scheme, and are paid an average of $44,602 a year for ongoing care - against a national average of $39,000.

School bus driver 'asked special needs child to put a pillowcase over his head'

A Canberra mother has alleged her son with special needs was asked by his school bus driver to put a pillowcase over his head and go to sleep.

Danielle McMahon said she had seen her son Jay, 13, who has a variety of special needs including autism, take something off his head when she collected him off his regular special bus service home from his school last week.

Ms McMahon said her son told her that he and a couple of the other children were instructed by their bus driver to put the pillowcases over their heads and to "shut up and go to sleep".

Talks underway for second ACT disability respite centre, campaigner Ricky Stuart says

The ACT could receive a second disability respite centre as the first one in Canberra's south nears completion, Canberra Raiders coach and autism awareness campaigner Ricky Stuart says.

Canberra's first respite centre for children with autism or other disabilities is being built at Chifley, with funding from the ACT Government and the Ricky Stuart Foundation.

Today Stuart announced the Chifley centre, to be named Ricky Stuart House, was expected to be completed in mid-February and his attention was now being turned to a second centre in Cook.

Explaining SOfASD's motion of no confidence

SOfASD passed a no confidence motion in the ACT Minister for Education and Disability in relation to the Education and Training Directorate's Inappropriate Structure Investigation Outcome “inquiry” (see http://www.det.act.gov.au/investigation-outcomes)

The reasons for the vote include:

  1. The publicly released document did not explain whether the school where the incident” occurred complied with the Directorate's relevant policies. In particular it did not say whether:

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