After reading an article in the Western Advocate (Invisible Disabilities, August 1) where a mother was questioned for bringing her 10-year-old son with autism into a women’s change room, it occurred to me how important it is to spread awareness and understanding about autism.
Autism is a neurological disorder that can present challenges that people may not be aware of - independence, socialising, communication, anxiety and sensory processing difficulties.
Autism is also becoming more common in our community and we need to have open, positive conversations about it.
Having easy access to appropriate services, resources and facilities associated with Autism provides vital support to families and encourages people with Autism to live happy, connected lives.
Autism Link is being created to help families get the support they need with an Australia-wide directory of services via mobile apps and our website www.autismlink.com.au.
I’d like to applaud the 96 services across Australia that have joined Autism Link so that it’s easier for families to find them.
You can't see Autism, but you can certainly help to understand it.
Will the advent of the ‘Digital TAFE’ at Armidale see the demise of other TAFE campuses? I gather it will.
Adam, what’s good for Armidale may not be so good for us.
However, can this new facility have the same teaching capability of face to face teaching?
Will the students have the necessary IT, motivation and time management skills required for this type of study?
As I see it it is just another service we will lose!
We have lost so many services over the years. Is this progress?
We need to fight to retain our services not just let them slip away.
One of the most interesting aspects of living in the village of Emmaville is what I've come to call "The Phenomenon of the Dots."
There are a lot of women in Emmaville with the name of Dot.
I don't know if it's caused by an alignment of the planets, or the confluence of various streams of fate, but there's lots of ladies known as Dot.
I was once at an outdoor function where there were Dots everywhere.
There were so many Dots, I thought maybe Emmaville was endeavouring to send a Morse Code signal to another galaxy.
So the next time you're lost in Emmaville, just ask directions from the first woman you see.
The chances are she will be named Dot.
Well, I must dash...
The media cops criticism every week, mainly from the ill-informed. However I would like to say a huge well done to ABC Television for altering the course of two things.
The NSW Premier has taken action over cruelty in the greyhound industry – mainly based on a 4 Corners report.
Now the Prime Minister has taken immediate action on the practices of NT Correctional Services, again thanks to the ABC.
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