Autism Centre for the ACT

The Chronicle reports (Autism school pledged by Naomi Fallon, 2/10/2012) that ACT Labor criticised the Liberal's election promise of “a school for children with autism [to] fulfil an unmet need in the ACT education system”.

The Liberals say families affected by ASD are “crying out for more support”. SOfASD agrees.

Education Minister, Chris Burke MLA, complains, “parents could still expect to pay very high fees”.

ACT election 2012: political parties respond to autism/ASD questions

SOfASD asked a series of questions (see here or click to here to download the question document) about how the different political parties in the ACT election would improve outcomes for people affected by ASD in the ACT if they were elected. We received responses from all the major parties. SOfASD considered the responses and has released its analysis below.

Banana best represents the Australian Capital Territory

The banana has emerged as the fruit that best represents the ACT. Critics of this choice observe that bananas don't grow in Canberra but decision makers regard perceptions  and image as much more important than fact and accuracy.

The banana is a simple fruit: it is bent and it is yellow with frequent black spots. Apparently, these characteristics make the banana the ideal symbol for the ACT.

DPP drops Sullivan probe

gratuitous image of Themis with scales of justice

THE NSW Director of Public Prosecutions has dropped investigations into the death of profoundly autistic Canberra teenager Jack Sullivan more than four years ago.

Almost two years since the case was passed to the DPP, the public prosecutor says it does not have enough evidence to press manslaughter charges against a person whose name has been suppressed.

Since Jack's death, his mother, Esther Woodbury, had assumed her son drowned in a bath after an epileptic seizure while in outside care.

election 2012: Australian Motorist Party response to questions

The Australian Motorists Party provided a simple response to the questions (see on 16/9/2012. While they do not have answers, they commit to "support".

Hi Bob,

Thanks for the questionnaire.

I would not really know what the answers would be to those questions.

We certainly know the struggle the victims and carers go through and we would understand these areas need to be given a higher priority by governments and would support such.

election 2012: ACT Labor response to questions

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ACT Labor were first to respond to SOfASD's questions (see

SOfASD members felt that the response, did not answer the questions we asked. The questions all asked how they would imporve outcomes for people affected by ASD. Instead, ACT Labor described the existing services that deliver abysmal outcomes for people with ASD.

We asked if they wanted to revise their response. They did not reply.

A more detailed analysis of all the responses will be available soon.


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