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  • 21 Feb 2018 9:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Telstra's graduate program for 2018 is taking advance applications for students in their final year of university who identify as having Aspergers or ASD.

    The Telstra Graduate Program offers 18 months of challenging, hands-on and rewarding work that will give participants the confidence and know-how to achieve their goals.  It's an amazing opportunity to get the inside scoop on one of Australia's most iconic brands.  

    If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, then we encourage you to get started on the online application and get it in early - Telstra have opened this early for our community to give you more time to complete the application.

    Visit Online Application   

    Applications close 26 March 2018.

    The Graduate Recruitment team have done a great job of supporting people from various backgrounds where the applicants have disclosed their specific diagnosis or condition.  A young lady with Aspergers was successful in securing a placement last year and was supported throughout the assessment process.

  • 21 Feb 2018 9:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Successful candidates at the launch of the April ETA programme.Epic Assist is launching their IT training academy specifically for people on the spectrum.

    For full details and registration, go to their page here

    The course starts in March 2018, so get your registration in!

  • 18 Feb 2018 12:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy International Aspergers Day! (from Jeremy Samson at Time2Train, Ambassador for AV)

       Hans Asperger was a Viennese child psychologist who published the first definition of Asperger syndrome in 1944. In four boys, he identified a pattern of behavior and abilities that he called "autistic psychopathy", meaning autism (self) and psychopathy (personality disease). 

     The pattern included "a lack of empathy, little ability to form friendships, one-sided conversation, intense absorption in a special interest, and clumsy movements." Asperger called children with AS "little professors" because of their ability to talk about their favorite subject in great detail. It is commonly said that the paper was based on only four boys.

     Asperger was convinced that many of the children he identified as having autistic symptoms would use their special talents in adulthood. He followed one child, Fritz V., into adulthood. Fritz V. became a professor of astronomy and solved an error in Newton’s work he originally noticed as a child. 

     Interestingly, as a child, Hans Asperger appears to have exhibited features of the very condition named after him. He was described as a remote and lonely child, who had difficulty making friends. 

     He was talented in language; in particular he was interested in the Austrian poet Franz Grillparzer, whose poetry he would frequently quote to his uninterested classmates. He also liked to quote himself and often referred to himself from a third-person perspective.

     Hans Asperger's findings were ignored and disregarded in the English-speaking world in his lifetime. Finally, from the early 1990s, his findings began to gain notice, and nowadays Asperger's Syndrome is recognized as a condition in a large part of the world.

    Hans Asperger died in Vienna on Tuesday 21st October 1980, at the age of 74, not living to see his work either acknowledged or recognised in the English speaking world. 

    " It seems that for success in science and art, a dash of autism is essential ... the necessary ingredient may be an ability to turn away from the everyday world, from the simply practical, an ability to rethink a subject with originality so as to create in new untrodden ways." 

    Hans Aspergers

    He was born on Sunday 18th February 1906.

    Source: Jeremy's Facebook www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1614939891876009&set=a.214903071879705.48601.100000800424044&type=3&theater

  • 10 Feb 2018 8:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Since our submission and presentation to the Victorian Inquiry into Autism Services we have been advocating to government about our members' needs. 

    The State government formed The Victorian Autism Plan Advisory Group and Aspergers Victoria has been a part of that since last October. We have attended monthly meetings, viewed suggestions and given a lot of feedback and suggestions and towards implementing the Inquiry recommendations. 

    Now the government would like your feedback on aspects of the Plan and has organised some workshops on various key topics including education, employment and mental health.  Please see the attached outline if you’d like to be involved in these workshops. There was also mention of a survey for those who cannot attend.

    Please let us know any other feedback at president@aspergersvic.org.au.

    February 2018 Victorian Autism Plan
  • 8 Feb 2018 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


       

    A very exciting opportunity exists for Victorians on the autism spectrum to participate in a 3 week training program aimed to help improve their chances of finding employment.

    If you're interested in information technology, programming or solving problems with technology then this could be a great stepping stone to becoming work ready. 

    Applications close Friday 9 February, so if you've not already expressed interest, please do so now.

    There are 4 places reserved for AV members, so email our team so that can get you in touch ASAP!

    Copy of the Specialisterne flyer can be found here.

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