Autism Spectrum Australia


  • Top ten tips for creating an autism-friendly workplace Date posted: Mon, 09/01/2017 - 12:52pm

    The team at Aspect Capable and some of the adults on the spectrum that they work with, have compiled their ten top tips for creating an autism friendly workplace.

    1. Staff awareness and training

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  • The tech-savvy teachers using coding to help children with autism Date posted: Wed, 07/12/2016 - 3:37pm

    Craig Smith and Heath Wild are teachers at the Aspect Hunter School, who have developed their very own iTunes U course for children on the spectrum.

    Realising that many of their students have a very keen interest in technology, including iPad apps and games, the course has been designed by the teachers to help children on the autism spectrum with everyday routines and tasks which they may usually struggle with.

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  • 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.

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  • 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).

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  • 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.

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • An open letter to the world about autism and comedy: I don’t have enough stamps for this. Date posted: Mon, 29/08/2016 - 1:55pm

    “Life doesn't make any sense, and we all pretend it does. Comedy's job is to point out that it doesn't make sense, and that it doesn't make much difference anyway.” 
    ― Eric Idle

    Hey guys, I am Thomas. I’m a 25 year old autistic man, a lover of comedy, popular culture and Pokemon.
    I decided to open this letter with a quote because I believe that there are many qualities that autism and comedy share in common. If you look into where comedy derives from and what living on the spectrum is like, you notice these little things.

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