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March 2011

Issue 54

In this edition

Walk 2...Walk 4

World Autism Awareness Day 2 April

Join us on the Social Media

Mattel Shopping Trip

Career Development Survey

Forum on the NDIS

Call for Research Participants

Upcoming Events

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Walk2 Adelaide - Walk4 Autism 
Starting 1 Week from Today!

Ashley Giordano & Anika Doktor are setting off on the 770km walk from the Footscray office of WorleyParsons at 7.30am on Wednesday 16 March.

Come along to Farewell Breakfast from 6.30am to 7.30am, at Level 1, 27 Albert Street, Footscray.

The walkers will be dropping in at the Western Autistic School at Laverton at around 10.15 to 10.30 am before heading west to Bacchus Marsh for the first night.

We have had a fantastic response from Autism Victoria members, families, support groups, service providers, accommodation providers and many others along the route from Melbourne to Adelaide - thank you to everyone who has offered assistance with meals, rooms, welcome events and breakfasts. Thank you also to Autism SA for assisting with the Walk on their side of the border. See details of the route by clicking here.

This is a wonderful initiative from Anika and Ashley and our best wishes go with them along the walk.
Help publicise the Walk!
It's not too late to help get the word out about the walk - please feel free to forward this information on to your networks or put up a poster in your shop or business to help raise awareness: Download a Poster here.  And if you need any further information, please contact James (03 9657 1614) or Fran (03 9657 1611).

Anika & Ashley's will fly back to be with us for World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday 2nd April.....


World Autism Awareness  Day - Sat 2 April
Walk & Balloon Release - 10.30am, St Kilda
Light It Up Blue - 7.30pm onwards, Federation Square

On Saturday 2 April 2011, Autism Victoria will be joining in international celebrations of World Autism Awareness Day to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Balloon Release
Last year we had over 800 people come along to the balloon release outside the State Library - this year we are hoping that those 800 will come along and bring their friends and family too! There will be a short walk from Peanut Farm Reserve to the Beachcomber Cafe before the balloon release at 11am. 
Click here to read the flyer.

We have prepared a social story about the day so that you can prepare for the event.
Click here to read the social story.

Light It Up Blue in Federation Square
Federation Square will be supporting World Autism Awareness Day by lighting the whole area blue from 7.30pm onwards and by showing information about autism on the big screen.

Please come along for this free event and enjoy the special atmosphere. This is part of a global campaign to light up well known monuments, buildings and landmarks around the world blue - the colour associated with autism. Thank you to Federation Square for doing this on our behalf.


Autism Victoria on Facebook and Twitter

After only a few weeks on Facebook and Twitter, we already have lots of people following us and supporting us. If you haven't yet done so, join us at:


Mattel Toy Club Supporting Kokoda
Shop for a good cause!

In October this year, a group of dedicated parents, friends, family and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders will spend 10 days walking the famous Kokoda Trail to raise funds and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
As part of our fundraising activities for this event, Autism Victoria is offering you a chance to shop at the ever-popular Mattel Toy Club in Derrimut. Tickets are only $10 each, and give you access to thousands of Mattel toys and products at discounted prices. So if anyone in your house likes Fisher-Price, Barbie, Hot Wheels, Polly Pocket or Disney Princesses, this is the shopping event for you!
For tickets, please complete the order form or contact Caetlyn Twentyman at Autism Victoria on (03) 9657 1601 or at  

More information about the Autism Victoria Kokoda Trek.  


Are you between 14 and 24 years of age with a disability?
Urbis would like to hear about your career development needs and wants
Urbis, an independent social research company, has been commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) to undertake research into the career development needs of young people in Australia. The purpose of the research project is to provide the Australian Government with an evidence base for the development of a National Strategy for Career Development for youn Australians.

We are keen to hear your views on:
  • your ideas or plans about the work or study you may be interested in doing
  • any information or advice you may or may not have received about work or study
  • any information or advice you have wanted or needed but couldn't get
  • Who has given you information, advice or support


 Forum on the National Disability Insurance Scheme 
Wed 23 March, 10am to 12.15pm, Hemisphere Conference Centre, 488 South Road, Moorabbin

The Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre together with MOIRA Disability and Youth Services are hosting a forum on the National Disability Insurance Scheme. In particular, it will discuss the outcome of the Productivity Commission's draft report of the scheme. Professionals and families affected by disability are encouraged to attend to learn more about the NDIS and what it proposes to do.
Kirsten Deane, Executive Director, National Disability and Carer Alliance.
Penny Paul, Coordinator, Carers Consultations, Carers Victoria

Open flyer
RSVP 9076 1611 by 16 March 2011


Call for Research Participants

The following research projects are currently calling for research participants. Visit our   Research Page or click on the links below.

Social Anxiety in Asperger Syndrome

Living with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: The experience of teenagers with High Functioning ASD

Efficacy of N-acetyl cysteine in autism: A double blind, placebo-controlled randomised trial

Fluoxetine for the treatment of restricted, repetitive and stereotyped behaviours in children and adolescents with autism

Autism and medication use

The role of parental appraisals, coping styles and family functioning in the wellbeing of parents of children with autism

Sleep in adolescents with Asperger's disorder or high functioning autism

Stress and coping in parents of autistic children

An education and skills training programme for parents of young adults with autism

Children's sleep patterns and psychological wellbeing

Growth in boys with autism

Upcoming Events

Ongoing Events

Various Dates: Early Days Workshops - Introductory Workshops

Various Dates: Early Days Workshops - Skills Workshops

Various Dates: Early Days Workshops - Telephone Workshops

Various Dates: Early Days Workshops - Online Workshops

Various Dates: Become an ABA Therapist

Various Dates: ABIA Seminars for Parents and Professionals

School Terms: Social Skills Training Groups for children with ASDs

School Terms: Creative Moves

First Sunday of the Month: Autie Friendly Walking Club

Fourth Thursday of the Month: Autie Friendly Dinner Club

Fourth Sunday of the Month: SunTen Tennis Coaching Program

Every Second Friday (School Terms): Connecting Teens Social Group


March 2011

2nd March: ABIA Seminars: Toiletting Seminar

3rd - 24th March: Serenity Now: Helping your Child with ASD Cope with Anxiety

5th March: ABIA Seminars: Toiletting Seminar

8th - 22nd March: Become an ABA Therpist

16th March - 1 April: Walk2...Walk4... - Walk from Melbourne to Adelaide

17th March: Talking Points: How to Successfully use Visuals in the Home or School

17th - 18th March: Certified Training Course: Support Individuals with ASD

19th March: ABIA Seminars: Choosing a Curriculum

21st March: ABIA Seminars: Choosing a Curriculum

21st March: FREE Information Session for More Than Words: The Hanen Program

22nd - 23rd March: Certified Training Course: Support Individuals with ASD

24th March: Talking Points: Developing and Improving Handwriting

26th March: ABA Information Session

29th March: ASDs and Core Management Strategies Information Session

29th March: ABIA Seminars: Reinforcement

30th March: Walking in Autistic Shoes: Donna Williams presentation and Q&A

30th March: Autism and Speech Therapy

31st March: Talking Points: Social Stories (Part 1 of 2; second session 7th April)

April 2011

1st April: Walking in Autistic Shoes: Donna Williams presentation and Q&A

2nd April: ABIA Seminars: Reinforcement

2nd April: World Autism Awareness Day Balloon Launch

2nd April: A Teddy Bear's Picnic

4th - 6th April: Become and ABA Therapist

7th April: Talking Points: Social Stories (Part 2 of 2; first session 31st March)

8th April: ABIA Seminars: Generalisation

9th April: ABIA Seminars: Generalisation

9th - 10th April: A seminar on Service Dog Programs for People with Psychological Needs

11th April: Information Session on Service Dogs for People with Psychological Needs

17th April: Sensory Friendly Screening of Children's Movie "Rio"

20th April: Behaviour Management Workshop

29th April: Walking in Autistic Shoes: Donna Williams presentation and Q&A

29th April: ASDs and Anxiety Information Session

May 2011

5th May: Developing & Improving the Handwriting Skills of a Child with an A.S.D

6th May: Brenda Smith Myles - 2 Half Day Seminars

16th May: Autism & Challenging Behaviour with Prof. Rita Jordan

27th May: Walking in Autistic Shoes: Donna Williams presentation and Q&A

June 2011

14th - 15th June: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Diagnosis & Treatment Workshop

6th - 17th June: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Diagnosis & Treatment Advanced Workshop

17th June: Girls and Women with Asperger's Syndrome

29th June: Theory of Mind Workshop



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