Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
The Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders (AAB ASD) will be launching a Position Paper on "Education and Autism Spectrum Disorders in Australia".

The National Launch of the Position Paper will be officially presented by Mr Jon Martin (Chairperson AAB ASD), Dr Trevor Clarke (Director Education and Research, Autism Spectrum Australia) and Meredith Ward (Parent & President, Autistic Family Support Association Victoria).

Thursday 29th April, 12:00noon  at the Leonda by the Yarra, Hawthorn, Vic

The AAB ASD paper calls for the provision of appropriate educational services for school-age students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Australia. The complete paper presents in detail 8 key principles aimed at achieving an increase in appropriately allocated resources, collaboration between key stake holder groups and improving the capacity of the educational services and service providers.

Jon Martin stated: “Across Australia, the development of appropriate educational services is a critical priority. Demographic data tells us that most people with an ASD diagnosis in Australia are of school age – and this number is growing. ASD prevalence more than doubles every 5 years. As such, there is a significant increase in the number of students diagnosed with ASD that will require specialised support. Currently, there are high rates on suspensions, exclusions and part time schooling that impacts on ensuring the best opportunities and educational outcomes for students with an ASD”

The position paper release is appropriately timed at the conclusion of Autism Awareness Month.  Across Australia fund raising events and educational activities will be conducted as part of Autism Awareness Month.

A full copy of the position paper is available on request. Interview access available with key presenters and family representatives.

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