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  • 25 Sep 2018 9:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To all our community:  please send your Jobactive feedback, 

    The Senate has referred the inquiry into "the appropriateness and effectiveness of the objectives, design, implementation and evaluation of jobactive" to the Education and Employment References Committee. 

    Aspergers Victoria is preparing a submission to go in this Friday highlighting our community's various Jobactive and employment issues. We need your help to advocate for change - by giving us your Jobactive feedback. 

    Your specific Jobactive experiences can give our submission more impact

    Please respond either through: 

    1. our brief Jobactive survey here by this Wednesday 26th September. 
    2. email me here or
    3. submit your own submission directly to the Government here

    The closing date for submissions is ​28 September 2018 and our volunteers need to finalise our final submission this Thursday so we are short on time but we can work fast - with your help.  

    We appreciate this is a short time frame and don't expect everyone to be able to respond in time.  We will use this information for our employment advocacy on other issues as well. 

    Thank you to our volunteers Gayle, Mark and Patrick for preparing this submission!

    Thank you, 

  • 25 Jul 2018 7:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are so excited to announce our partnership with Perdekamp Emotional Method (PEM) with our first funded PEM Emotion Training Program for those with Aspergers in Australia! Program starts on the 12th of August. See more at http://pem-acting.com about this method of learning to manage your own emotions. 

    Aspergers Victoria and the team at Perdekamp Emotional Regulation (PEM) are offering a special eight week workshop for our members. This workshop starts 12 August from 3pm to 6pm at the Nerve Centre and you need to attend the whole series. This innovative emotion management workshop follows on from our very successful pilot workshop conducted in April this year.  

    PEM is an innovative methodology which provides direct, effortless and guideable access to authentic emotions on a purely physical basis, without recourse to personal experiences or emotional memory.  It's an organic and fast approach which grants security, flexibiliity and reliability, and works with an unheard-of simplicity and effectiveness in creating emotional understanding and expression. Professor Tony Attwood has wholeheartedly endorsed PEM workshops and commented that this course “is essential for those with an autism spectrum condition who have great difficulty perceiving and regulating and expressing emotions”

    We are offering this Workshop series for FREE to Aspergers members 17-35 years as part of funding we have received.  There are limited spaces so you will need to register your interest quickly to secure a place.

    You can book online here    

    Photo - the PEM team and our AV team. For more info email us on groups@aspergersvic.org.au

  • 14 Jul 2018 10:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We recommend you watch this video about the benefits of neurodiversity. It is this approach that drives our empowerment model for our community. 

    Dr MacEachron summarises the power of neurodiversity for you here - enjoy watching: 


  • 13 Jul 2018 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ASPERGERS VICTORIA again have been invited to submit a request for invitations to attend the very POPULAR Special Children’s Christmas Party at the Melbourne Showgrounds on Saturday 15th December!

    The event, now in its 23rd year is a FREE Christmas Party for Special Children. It will run from 9.30am until 1.00pm in the Grand Pavilion of Melbourne Showgrounds. However it is by invitation only from approved organisations.

    This exciting event includes a three-and-a-half-hour (3.5hr) stage show featuring many artists who will keepthe children entertained. There will be activities such as merry go-rounds, jumping castles, face painting and much more. With all this fun to be had, they will need food, drinks, and ice creams, which will all be provided for FREE. Of course no Christmas party is complete without Santa and after his arrival the toy room will be open and each child will receive two beautiful presents.

    The basic requirements to receive an invitation to this amazing event via Aspergers Victoria include:

    • The child must have Aspergers and their parent/family is a member AND the child is under 12 years old

    • You have received an invitation through our secretary (see below)

    • Children must be accompanied by parents or caregivers. There will be no child minding facilities available.

    To request an INVITATION to this wonderful event please email to receive an application form. This form needs to be returned back to Aspergers Victoria via email before Tuesday 31st July 2018 to go in the ballot.

    Please consider the following from the event organisers before requesting an invitation:

    • Entry to the Melbourne Showgrounds to attend the event is for invite holders only; NO Invite - NO Entry. NO Child - NO Entry.

    • Invites are strictly for children under 12 years. Only ONE child can attend on each invitation and must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Each child’s invite entitles ONE adult entry.

    • Catering will be provided for the child only. Parents and carers may purchase refreshments or bring a picnic lunch.

    • This is an alcohol free event and smoking is only permitted in designated areas.

    • This invitation is for members of Aspergers Victoria only. You can become a member now.

    • Siblings may also request an invite. Siblings are more than welcome to join in on the fun of the day, go on the rides and enjoy the food, however, they won't be allowed to go through the Toy Room to receive any presents.

    • Each year sadly organisers have more requests for invitations than they are able to supply. Therefore requesting an invitation is NOT a guarantee of receiving an invitation and is subject to the number of invites issued to ASPERGERS VICTORIA by The Christmas Party for Special Children.  Email now!

  • 22 Jun 2018 5:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce that after months of research and design, we are now starting with our World of Work program. This ranges from providing supported work experience opportunities through to career coaching. 

     We are initially focused on Teens from 14 years 9 months through to Young Adults aged 24 but will have programs beyond. 

    We are running our pilot programs in coming weeks.  For queries please email here

  • 15 Jun 2018 9:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Letter to the Editor,  15thJune 2018

    Dear Sir, 

    Aspergers Victoria, like all Victorians, is shocked to hear about the murder of Eurydice Dixon in Melbourne this week.

    However, we are very disappointed with the media’s reporting that suggests that the alleged perpetrator has Autism, alluding that this is related to his abhorrent behaviour.  We urge the media to take care in highlighting or sensationalising the alleged perpetrators possible Autism as a sole cause of this.  This case is also still sub-judice and we do not have the full facts. 

    Furthermore the references to Autism being a mental illness is incorrect and so disappointing given Autism is estimated to be evident in at least 1 in 100 in our population and 1:45 in USA. 

    Autistics are at an increased risk of misunderstanding, exclusion and social isolation due to misunderstanding and intolerance of difference.  This reporting further damages community understanding of Autism.

    Autism is simply a neurological difference, which creates challenges for the individual but also contributes significant strengths that should be appreciated. 

    The crime is not to do with the alleged offender possibly being autistic of itself.  In fact, conversely, autistic people are far more likely to be the victims of crime and violence.  In addition Autistic people have a proven lower likelihood of committing violent crime. 

    The members and Board of Aspergers Victoria express their sincerest condolences to Eurydice Dixon's family and friends.

    Tamsin Jowett


    Aspergers Victoria Inc.

  • 13 Jun 2018 10:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Vision Australia are running research to help the Department of Education and Training (DET) with redeveloping and enhancing its public facing website, particularly sections on the education and support of students with disabilities and additional needs.

     If you are a parent of a child who has a disability or if you are a student over the age of 14 who has a 'disability', we would like to invite you to take part.

    A bit of background to the research:
    There will be two sessions that will take place on separate days. The focus group will last approximately 2 hours and the user testing session will last 1 hour. As a way of appreciation participants are compensated $150 for their time for the focus group and $100 for their time for the usability session.

    If you are a parent, we plan to conduct the focus group on the 27th June from 10am to 12noon. User testing sessions will be conducted from the 4th to the 6th of July. Please feel free to contact me and nominate a time that suits you.

    If you are a student, we plan to conduct the focus group on the 28th June from 4pm to 6pm. User testing sessions will be conducted from the 4th to the 6th of July. Please feel free to contact me and nominate a time that suits you.

    Both events will be held at Vision Australia’s Kooyong office: 454 Glenferrie Road, Kooyong VIC 3144.

    If you are interested in taking part please let me know. You can contact Deb on 02 9334 3456, or by email: digitalaccess@visionaustralia.org

  • 5 Apr 2018 8:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You’ve done the Morrisby Test, as well as maybe a Myers Briggs but your work options feel limiting? 

    You may be aware that the current career system will become defunct. Yes the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) has put an eye glass to our future through extensive research about what the Future of Work will look like in coming years. The changes are starting already.

    It is a very different world our neurodiverse kids will be moving into and our older population will also need to be ready. Already there is already a gap in the skillset our neurodiverse community will need.  

    Instead of ticking boxes this world of work will be about discovering strengths. Not linear careers but a portfolio of enterprise skills and capabilities.

    Instead of University study and a career for life you may be micro skilling as your life evolves through a “cluster” of roles. 

    Most importantly future careers will need you to know your “WHY” (see Simon Sinek) with a self awareness previous generations would envy, just to navigate the new workforce. 

    Neurodiversity be ready - that future you spy may be within your fingertips if you are ready. Critical thinking, creativity and innovative mindsets will be needed. You are our economy's "out of the box" thinkers.

    Aspergers Victoria is getting ready to try and support you to thrive in this future. We are working to find approaches to shift our readiness. However all of us need to move to embrace and be ready to adapt to this new work mindset - parents, employers, educators - you.

    We can all work towards this transition - we welcome your support whether by donation, introduction to employers, supporting our communications, or JOIN our team to make this happen. 

    More at www.fya.org.au/

  • 16 Mar 2018 3:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Posted on March 16, 2018 by adamster82

    I think things have come a long way for the rights of neurodiverse people since the time I was a mere school kid. Really, I do. I was not even aware of my status amongst this tribe of atypical individuals back in the 90s. But I think we have a long way still to go as a society.

    I don’t have a great deal to complain about at the moment. I am currently employed. I was a successful applicant in the first recruitment drive for autistic people in the Victorian state government. I have been lucky, and I have a lot to thank my lucky stars for. But I am aware that many people like myself have not been so blessed with good fortune, and I realise things desperately need to change. I hope the programme I participated in sets a precedent. I hope it is the first of many such initiatives in this country. And around the world. It should set an example to other departments in the Victorian government , and to the departments in other states , also.

    These programmes are fantastic, and necessary, but they should have happened a long time ago. I believe serious social reform is in order. We need to reshape the way companies hire, and to help them rethink the way they consider applicants. I want the workforce to be more considerate towards those on the neurodivergent spectrum, basically. This is my goal.

    I wasn’t always so fortunate. I finally had a good run of luck, after a decade or more of career dead ends, fruitless job interviews, unsympathetic and ill informed workplaces, and frustration. I know what it’s like from the other side. I want to be right there on the frontline making the workforce a much friendlier place for the atypicals of the world

    This is not the end, this is just the beginning.

    More from Adam at https://domester82.wordpress.com/2018/03/16/autism-in-the-workforce/

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