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Abc.net.au: Concerns raised after girl with autism placed in cardboard 'box' enclosure in classroom

Abc.net.au: Concerns raised after girl with autism placed in cardboard 'box' enclosure in classroom

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A mother in northern Tasmania has raised concerns about the standard of training for teachers working with children who have disabilities, saying her daughter, who has autism, was traumatised and teased after being placed in

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Abc.net.au: One haircut at a time: A Maitland hairdresser addresses inequality for people with autism

Abc.net.au: One haircut at a time: A Maitland hairdresser addresses inequality for people with autism

Seven-year-old Lillian Whitehall sits in a salon chair, engrossed in the project before her — an evolving masterpiece of orange Play-Doh.

Behind her, hairdresser Desiree McDonald patiently snips the ends of her locks, reaching around in different positions as Lillian focuses on her creation.

Lillian has autism and getting a haircut

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Abc.net.au: New screening tool to help detect babies and toddlers born with autism spectrum disorder

Abc.net.au: New screening tool to help detect babies and toddlers born with autism spectrum disorder

All Victorian maternal and child health nurses will be trained to detect early signs of autism spectrum disorder in babies and toddlers during their routine health checks.

Senior research fellow at La Trobe University, Josephine Barbaro, said the screening tool was the most accurate one available.

With an 82 per

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Abc.net.au: Autistic girl's mother says 'disappointing' options in Victoria encourage family's move to WA

Abc.net.au: Autistic girl's mother says 'disappointing' options in Victoria encourage family's move to WA

At just 10 months old, Jessica would not react to her mother’s voice, she would make no eye contact, and barely any noise.

Her mother ‘Jane’ — who has asked to remain anonymous — knew there was something different, as though her daughter was “switched off to the world”.

“A

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Abc.net.au: Improving public transport for people with autism

Abc.net.au: Improving public transport for people with autism

For people with autism, travelling on public transport can be traumatic and stressful experience making them highly anxious.  Autism is characterised by limited communication and reduced social skills, repetitive behaviour and high sensitivity to light, sound, touch and smell. People with autism enjoy routine. So late news that a train

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Abc.net.au: Video games can remove challenging parts of social interaction for people with autism, expert says

Abc.net.au: Video games can remove challenging parts of social interaction for people with autism, expert says

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An autism expert and researcher in the field of disability and technology says video games provide a simpler and more understandable interface for people with autism.

Dr Kathryn Ringland, who has authored several studies in the field, said video games could

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Abc.net.au: 'Sensory-friendly' screenings held for cinemagoers with autism, other venues roll out quiet hours

Abc.net.au: 'Sensory-friendly' screenings held for cinemagoers with autism, other venues roll out quiet hours

Cinemas are turning the volume down and leaving the lights up during special ‘sensory-friendly’ film screenings designed for children with autism.

Kirsty Johnson has never taken her youngest son to the movies.

While both of her boys are on the autism spectrum, her youngest in particular would not cope with

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Abc.net.au: Eurydice Dixon memorial vandal, Andy Nolch, says he did it over beliefs about vaccines and autism

Abc.net.au: Eurydice Dixon memorial vandal, Andy Nolch, says he did it over beliefs about vaccines and autism

Andy Nolch was unhappy about the media coverage of Eurydice Dixon’s death.

The man charged with vandalising a memorial for comedian Eurydice Dixon says he did so because he believed vaccines caused the autism of her accused killer.

Police found offensive paint markings on the field at Princes Park in

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Abc.net.au: Two more teenagers charged over alleged spanner attack on boy with autism

Abc.net.au: Two more teenagers charged over alleged spanner attack on boy with autism

Two more teenagers have been charged over an alleged attack on a 14-year-old boy with autism outside a Melbourne school.

Two Reservoir teens, aged 14 and 16, face assault and weapons-related charges after video footage emerged allegedly showing students using a spanner to attack the boy in the city’s inner-north

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Abc.net.au: 11yo boy with autism hit and killed by train in Sydney's south after escaping from respite care

Abc.net.au: 11yo boy with autism hit and killed by train in Sydney's south after escaping from respite care

New South Wales Police are investigating after young boy, who had severe autism, was hit and killed by a train after leaving a respite care facility in Sydney’s south.

The 11-year-old, who was non-verbal, escaped from the centre just after 7:00pm yesterday.

His carers alerted authorities and a police search was

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