In response to Pauline Hanson's comments made in Australian Federal Parliament suggesting children with autism should not be included in mainstream education, we interview a range of community members to ask what they would say to others with differing opinions on inclusion.
This is the first in a series of children’s voices blogs. 12 year old Isabella thinks back on her experience of early childhood intervention and how it helped when she made the transition to her local school. Isabella has autism spectrum disorder.
Families often talk about the range of strong emotions experienced around the time of diagnosis of disability for their child and there is research sbout the influence of the way a diagnosis is received impacting on families for years to come. In this blog, Jessica Maccallum, Social Worker from the Disability Specialist Unit, Burwood talks about the ways she works with families around the time of diagnosis, and a checklist she uses to ensure information and support is responsively and consistently provided.
Ruby Wright, Children’s Development and Disability Services Manager from Connect Child and Family Services, tells us about an innovative social skills program which is showing positive outcomes for children in schools in the Nepean and Blue Mountains region.