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Autism spectrum disorder: have your say

March 09, 2016

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has urged people with autism, parents of autistic children, carers and service providers to make a submission to a parliamentary inquiry into services for people with the disorder.

She has convened an information forum at Shepparton Senior Citizens Centre next Wednesday, March 16 that will hear how best to contribute to the parliamentary inquiry and the importance for families in our region to do so.

“So many people have contacted me in the short time I’ve been in parliament expressing their concerns about the lack of resources for their children, particularly in the educational area,” Ms Sheed said.

Guest speakers at the evening will be respected local paediatrician Peter Eastaugh and Braedan Hogan, policy manager from Amaze (formerly Autism Victoria). Dr Eastaugh will provide his observations and insights into autism and highlight the particular needs of people with ASD and Mr Hogan will speak about Amaze’s submission to the inquiry and how to complete an online survey and feed into his organisation’s submission.

The forum will run from 5.50pm to 7.00pm. To indicate their attendance, people should contact Leanne Raditsas on 5831 6944 or email Leanne.raditsas@parliament.vic.gov.au

FAST FACT:  Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability characterised by marked difficulties in social interaction, impaired communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours, and sensory sensitivities. ASD includes autistic disorder (or ‘classic’ autism); Asperger’s disorder; and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), also known as atypical autism.

INQUIRY LINK: http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/fcdc/inquiry/400

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