PARENT AND CARER EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Our free one-day educational seminar is designed for parents and caregivers of adolescents on the autism spectrum. The program aims to provide essential and practical information on topics such as: addressing autism in adolescents, behaviour management strategies, transition to work, life skills and sexual education.
Sunday 19 April 2015
9:00am - 5:00pm
Parramatta RSL Club
CNR Macquarie and O'Connell Streets
Parramatta NSW 2150
Pre registration is essential. REGISTER HERE
SURF DAYS 2015
Noosa Beach - Sunday 15 March from 9am - 3:30pm
Manly Beach - Sunday 22 and Monday 23 March
Both days are from 9am - 3:30pm
Places are limited and pre registration is essential.
Please note that pre registering does not guarantee you a place on the day. Once you have successfully submitted your online form we will be in contact via email to confirm your place, pending availability. You will be provided with all the details you need to prepare for the day at the time of confirmation.
We are thrilled to be partnering with Disney to bring you Australia's first ever autism friendly performances of THE LION KING!
Following the successful performance held in Sydney and Brisbane in 2014 we are excited to announce we will be holding autism friendly performances of THE LION KING in Melbourne!
MELBOURNE - Saturday 8 August 2015 at the Regent Theatre
This specially adapted performance will be suitable for people on the autism spectrum and their families, to see the award-winning production in a friendly and supportive environment. Trained staff will be on hand, and dedicated quiet and activity areas set up, should anyone need to leave their seats.
Slight adjustments to the production include removal of strobe lighting, reduction of any jarring sounds and lights focused into the audience, house lights being dimmed and flexibility to bring your own snacks.
Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa, THE LION KING uses breathtaking theatrical magic to tell the story of Simba’s epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands.
To book your tickets for the Brisbane show and plan your experience please visit www.lionkingautismfriendly.com.au
How to Book
Phone: 1300 889 278
Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm
Visit: Regent Theatre Box Office, 191 Collins St Melbourne or Princess Theatre Box Office, 163 Spring St Melbourne. Opening Hours: Tues to Sat 9am to 5pm and Sun 1pm to 4pm.
In August 2014 we launched a national survey targeting parents and carers of children and young adults on the autism spectrum. With the national rollout of NDIS fast approaching, we wanted to get a clearer picture of what autism support services look like in Australia so that we can continue to effectively advocate for the needs of autism families.
While many issues and ideas were raised through the survey responses, three core themes rose to the forefront:
Please take the time to read through the SURVEY SUMMARY REPORT which outlines the key points and findings from our survey.
One important final note: Given Autism Awareness Australia’s experience base and credibility in supporting families with young and school-aged children, we are well-positioned to capture their impressions. However, there are other critical voices from the autism community – especially those of autistic adults – that need to be heard as the NDIS is shaped and implemented. We urge the government to listen to all of our voices as this historic program takes form.
Thank you to all respondents for taking the time to complete our survey. Your experiences and input have been pivotal in helping us better understand the needs of autism families across Australia and how we can best support you.
We hope you will find the summary results as valuable as we have, and we encourage you to share the report with all your networks.
'What are you doing?' is a short film created by Autism Awareness Australia which aims to teach school-aged children about acceptance and understanding of their peers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Narrated by television personality Tom Gleisner and written by
‘The Other Country’ author Michael Whelan, the film includes enlightening interviews with the brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends of children on the spectrum. Through beautiful imagery, engaging narrative and quirky animation, ‘What are you doing?’ sends the all important message of inclusion and understanding of all those with ASD by their peers and within their communities. It has received glowing reviews at its three premieres in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and has enormous support from parents and educators across the country.
'What are you doing?', along with accompanying teaching materials, has been distributed to every school in Australia, totaling over 10,000 copies nationwide. To find out more about the national school disctribution of the filmp please click here