Taronga Zoo hosts autism-friendly day for people on the spectrum
Date posted: Fri, 02/12/2016 - 9:18am
Taronga Zoo will be offering special early entry for guests on the autism spectrum on Saturday 8th April 2017. The iconic zoo in Sydney has teamed up with Autism Spectrum Australia to start the Access Taronga initiative, which aims to provide a range of supports and services for guests on the spectrum.Read more
Musicians on the spectrum release album
Date posted: Fri, 25/11/2016 - 4:06pm
‘Club Weld’ is a music studio program, for people on the autism spectrum, supported by Autism Spectrum Australia and Information Cultural Exchange (ICE).Read more
Aspect to host Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2017
Date posted: Thu, 24/11/2016 - 3:46pm
The Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders (AAB-ASD), the convenor of the Asia Pacific Autism Conference, has appointed Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) to host the fifth Asia Pacific Autism Conference in 2017 (APAC 17) in Sydney at the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour.
The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autism CRC) will also be involved to promote the research outcomes being generated by this world-first national research collaboration here in Australia.Read more
Sensitive Santa 2016
Date posted: Thu, 17/11/2016 - 10:19am
Staff from Autism Spectrum Australia have been as busy as Christmas elves, training Santas across NSW on how to interact with children on the autism spectrum.
The Sensitive Santa program invites families with a child on the autism spectrum to have a photo with Santa without the common hustle and bustle and sensory overload.
Families can book during certain times, which means no queues, and have their child or children photographed with Santa in an autism-friendly environment.Read more
Picture books help preschool students understand their peers with autism
Date posted: Mon, 14/11/2016 - 1:53pm
A series of picture books created by a team of researchers at the University of Wollongong (UOW) aims to help young children support and understand their friends who are living with autism.Read more
Developed by Professor Mitch Byrne, from UOW’s School of Psychology, in collaboration with doctoral student Lidija Balaz, the three books are targeted at those aged between three and five and explore the experiences of children with autism who attend mainstream preschools.
Mum arranges screening of LIFE, Animated to help friends and family understand autism
Date posted: Mon, 14/11/2016 - 10:08am
Award winning documentary Life, Animated opened in selected cinemas in Australia last month. The heart-warming story follows Owen and his family, a young man on the autism spectrum whose special interests in Disney movies become a means to communicate with those around him.Read more
Autism Spectrum Australia launches new inclusive Nippers website with SLSA
Date posted: Tue, 08/11/2016 - 3:14pm
Surf Life Saving Australia and Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) have joined together to create a suite of resources for children and families with disabilities who are joining Nippers.Read more
Student art work goes on sale
Date posted: Mon, 07/11/2016 - 4:15pm
A collection of artwork created by children from Aspect Vern Barnett School goes on sale in November.
Using art therapy to engage and encourage students is a practice that has been used for a long time at the school.Read more
8 things the movie "LIFE, Animated" teaches you about the strength-based interest approach
Date posted: Tue, 27/09/2016 - 2:09pm
An exciting new movie, LIFE, Animated, hits selected cinemas in Australia this September, telling the story of Owen Suskind; a young man on the autism spectrum whose special interests become a means to communicate with those around him.
Following the journey of Owen as he transitions from early childhood to adulthood, the documentary explores some interesting topics around autism, and what it can be like to grow up on the spectrum.Read more
Artwork by Aspect students on display at Sydney Olympic Park
Date posted: Mon, 26/09/2016 - 10:09am
4 children from Aspect Western Sydney School will have their artwork showcased to 10,000 visitors as part of the Operation Art competition.
Operation Art encourages young people to create cheerful and uplifting artworks that can be displayed in hospitals.
“We are very proud of our students who will have their art work displayed this year. It is a fantastic achievement.” said Principal of Aspect Western Sydney School, Giovanni Gulli.Read more