National Data Collection

May 7th, 2014

This information has been made available via Meredith Ward, of AFSA who is an invited member of Minister Dixon’s Advisory Committee for Children and Young People with Disabilities. Please share it with other parents and with schools.

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All Australian governments and sectors are working together to implement a number of national reform agendas aimed at improving the lives of people with disability. This includes broad reforms such as the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 and the National Disability Insurance Scheme, as well as specific reforms to improve education outcomes for students with disability.

On 10 May 2013, education ministers endorsed a model for collecting data on school students with disability that, for the first time, will be consistent across Australia. All Australian governments agreed to undertake the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the Data Collection) and that every school in Australia will use the same method to collect the same information – so a government school in suburban Melbourne will collect and report data in the same way as a Catholic school in country Queensland and an independent school in the Northern Territory.

Over time the Data Collection will provide better information about school students with disability in Australia. It will provide more accurate and complete information about the number and distribution of Australian school students with disability, including the adjustments provided to enable them to access education on the same basis as students without disability, and will inform policy and planning at a national level.

Last year 20% of schools participated in the Data Collection, this year all Victorian government schools will be asked to undertake the collection. Schools will be supported to implement this collection with a range of resources including professional development. No names or identifying information on students will be included in the Data Collection and parents and carers of students are to be consulted about inclusion of their child’s information in the collection.

The Data Collection is underpinned by school staff understanding the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

Further information is available from :
Commonwealth Department of Education website
http://education.gov.au/nationally-consistent-collection-data-school-students-disability

The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Website parent information
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/parents/needs/Pages/nccd.aspx

2014 AGM & NDIS Update

April 29th, 2014

AFSA AGM – 18th May 2014

Guest Speaker Rosemary Malone – NDIS Barwon Trial Region, and new AFSA Constitution

WHEN             Sunday 18th May, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (followed by refreshments)

WHERE            Willis Room, Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading

RSVP               To membership@afsaconnect.org.au or SMS to 0434 330 009 by 15th May

Our Guest Speaker will be Rosemary Malone the CEO of Gateways Support Services in Geelong who will speak about their involvement with the Barwon Region NDIS Trial Site as a service provider. 

A copy of our AGM flier can be downloaded here 

A copy of the Agenda can be downloaded here 

AFSA is currently re-establishing their membership list, and all interested persons are invited to join AFSA by completing a Membership Form which can be downloaded here 

Membership enables participation in the running of AFSA by joining the Committee and/or voting on matters relating to the management and structure of the association.  AFSA is pleased to say that it does not currently charge a membership fee, thanks to the careful management of past funds received and a small government grant which covers basic operating costs.

As with all not for profit community organisations AFSA relies on the contributions of its voluntary committee members.  The current committee represents a range of ages, interests, expertise and stages on the journey with Autism Spectrum Disorder. AFSA needs new faces and expertise on the committee and welcome new committee members at any time.  Talk to a current committee member and join by nominating using the Committee Nomination Form which can be downloaded here 

At the AGM two Special Resolutions will be presented to members for consideration.

A Notice of Meeting can be downloaded here which details these Special Resolutions and explanatory notes.  Shortly a copy of the full draft of the proposed Rules of Association will be posted here. A copy of our 2014 Annual Report will be available at the meeting and also posted here as soon as possible.

More resources needed

November 6th, 2013

NTRO:
Autism is becoming increasingly prevalent in the community. In Australia, the disorder now affects as many as one in every 100 people. As revealed in a recent study conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, almost two-thirds of children with a disability are attending mainstream schools which do not always possess the relevant resources and training required to support any one child’s specific needs. Alana Mitchelson has this report. http://vimeo.com/78506567

Free Early Intervention Work Shops – Aspect Building Blocks

June 13th, 2013

 

Aspect’s Victorian Building Blocks® Early Intervention Team is offering FREE Autism specific workshops for parents and carers!  These workshops are specifically for Parents & Carers of children 6 years and under who have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Download flyer here : BB Workshop Flyer V2                  

NDIS Update May 2013

May 26th, 2013

A message from Minister Wooldridge

I am delighted that on 4 May 2013, the Victorian Coalition and Commonwealth Governments reached a historic agreement that will allow for the full roll-out of the NDIS, now known as DisabilityCare Australia, across Victoria by 2019.

Link to Update NDIS Bulletin May 2013

AFSA AGM – Learn about the AUTISM CRC and more

May 22nd, 2013

Sunday 30th June 2pm – 4pm – Willis Room, Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading.

Guest Speaker Professor Cheryl Dissanayake, Director, The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) Latrobe University Bundoora

 Their current Research Program

 The newly funded Collaborative Research Centre for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders

 News from the recent International Meeting for Autism Research—IMFAR2013

 DSM-5— learn about the changes relating to diagnosing ASD’s

DOWNLOAD flyer AGM 2013 flier revised

Free Positive Behaviour Support – Lakes Entrance

May 13th, 2013

Aspect Victoria is pleased to offer our highly successful, contemporary, evidence-based three (3) day Autism specific Positive Behaviour Support Workshop in the Southern Region of Victoria (Lakes Entrance).

More than 1200 families have participated in Aspect’s Positive Behaviour Support workshops. Post workshop evaluations showed an effectiveness of the workshops, with participants reporting decreases in challenging behaviours and increases in confidence and capacity to support their children and young adults.  Link to Flyer :Workshop Flyer Lakes Entrance 2013

 

More sporting opportunities for people with disability

May 6th, 2013

From Media Release 24th April 2013.
Victoria’s sporting bodies will play an integral role in providing Victorians of all abilities with an opportunity to participate in sport thanks to the Victorian Coalition Government’s ongoing commitment to increase participation by improving the Access for All Abilities Program.  Click on link to download Media release. 130424_Delahunty_-_More_sporting_opportunities_for_people_with_disability

Free Workshops – Positive Behaviour

May 2nd, 2013

 Aspect Victoria is pleased to offer our highly successful, contemporary, evidence-based three (3) day Autism specific Positive Behaviour Support Workshop in the Northern Metropolitan Region of Victoria and other areas around the state. Link to information Workshop Statewide Promotion 2013 (4)

Social Skills Group

March 28th, 2013
Speech, Play, Language and Training   Speech Pathology services are offering group based sessions for

Pre-School (4-5yr old) and Primary school aged children

 Download Information HERE

Download Program HERE

Download Registration HERE