Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders  


3 October 2007 - National Call to Action

The Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders has released a National Call to Action which clearly outlines the issues facing people with an autism spectrum disorder, their families and the consequent impact on the community at large.

National Call to Action (98kb)

Media release (58kb)

13 May 2007 - "Creative Futures for people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder - what they want for their future"

The theme for Autism Awareness in Australia in 2007 is 'Creative Futures'. Autism Associations around Australia are exploring ways of promoting this theme. The Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders wants to develop a document to take to government that embraces the wishes for the future of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder.

Visit the Creative Futures page to submit your email wish for this submission. Submissions are being accepted until 31 May 2007.

5 December, 2003 - a submission by the Autism Council of Australia Ltd to the Department of Family & Community Services' Review of Recognised Disabilities

Lists of Recognised Disabilities Review (227kb)

In June 2005 the Australian Government agreed to amend the Lists of Recognised Disabilities to include Asperger's disorder "when diagnosed by a psychiatrist, developmental paediatrician or a psychologist experienced in the assessment of Pervasive Developmental Disorders using the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders."  PDDNOS was not included as the condition was deemed to be variable in its effects and therefore did not meet the criteria for inclusion.

The notification from FACS went on to state, however:

"It is important to note that if the child’s disability or medical condition is not on the List of Recognised Disabilities a carer may still be eligible for Carer Allowance if the child is assessed using the Child Disability Assessment Tool (CDAT).  The CDAT measures the level of severity of disability by looking at whether the child’s functional abilities are in line with standards appropriate to their age.  The child’s ability is measured in a series of functional categories: language skills, self-care skills, social and community skills, and fine and gross motor skills.  Additionally, behaviour is taken into account where it is significantly affected by the disability, along with special care needs."

The amendments were scheduled to be introduced on 1 July 2005.


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