Tag Archives: Autism

Autism Awareness

Autism AwarenessAutism affects the lives and livelihoods of 1 in 100 children in Australia, and many people try to raise awareness for the cause but fail to get noticed.

Turning many heads though, is Brooke Clark and her army of angels, who use beauty and bikinis to get autism in the public eye.

Autism Awareness Angels founder, Brooke Clark , spoke to Angus Randall.

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Producer: Jennie Lenman

Autism on the rise?

It seems there has been a large increase in the diagnosis of autism in children over the past 8 years, with a 165 per cent increase in the number of public school students being diagnosed with the condition. As a result, there has been a boost in funding for autism, with more assistance available for those with autism compared to other mental health problems.

It has now been speculated that some parents and doctors have been planning to deliberately misdiagnose school children as autistic so they can get help for other problems that are offered less assistance.

But is this really true? And why are autism rates so high?

Tim asked Lauren Tanfield, Autism Spectrum Australia spokeperson, what the general characteristics of austism are.
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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Interview With Kelly Vincent MLC

In South Australia, Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses are increasing by about 15% a year, but Autism South Australia says funding is not keeping pace.  Dignity for Disability MLC, Kelly Vincent, spoke to Jess Wingard to discuss the decrease in funding and support for people with Autism. Jess began by asking why Ms Vincent thought the support was unfair and illogical.

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Autism and Aspergers: Interview With Lesley Cutts – Autism SA

Parents should pay attention to their children’s behaviour when they are really young. If they don’t talk or socialise when they should be doing so, it can be worth looking for help because they could have autism; and the best way to help them to develop their abilities is to act early. Lesley Cutts, Family and Community Services Manager at Autism SA talked to Edilene Lopes do Carmo about this disorder.

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