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

AGM – Annual report

June 28th, 2013

AFSA 2013 AGM—Willis Room, Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading. The Willis Room entrance is adjacent to the main library entrance—use the car park closest to Whitehorse Road – Melway Map 48 G9
Sunday 30th June— 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm — including afternoon tea. Please rsvp for catering purposes to Amanda: 0434 330 009

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 Annual Report here AFSA Annual Report 2013 modified

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

Baillieu Education Reforms

February 23rd, 2013

Post script… these reforms are now defunct with the change to the Leadership….

From Media release: 23 Feb 2013

The Victorian Coalition Government has announced a new plan for school funding reform that will deliver more resources for disadvantaged students in Victorian government, Catholic and Independent schools.

Premier Ted Baillieu said a clear focus of the Gonski review was to improve outcomes for disadvantaged students.

“The Victorian Plan will deliver additional funding for government and non-government schools to improve support for students with significant learning needs,” Mr Baillieu said. READ Media Release HERE   READ FULL REPORT HERE