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August 2007 Autism Awareness Newsletter of the Autism Asperger ACT Inc. http://autism.anu.edu.au www.assn.org.au/ Helping people with ASD, their families and their carers. From the President It seems hardly possible but Autism Asperger ACT has been up and running for almost a year now! It has been a year of getting to know you and learning how each group ran its committee meetings etc. It has been an INDEX: excellent amalgamation and we look forward to our first AGM on Fridge Door p.2 September 5th at 7.30 pm. New books for the Library p.3 AGMs, of course, send everyone ducking for cover! However, before you Book Reviews p.3 think September is one meeting I won‟t be attending remember that the ACT Policing Advice p.3 association depends on its members in order to function! We do not have Autism and Employment p.4 any paid staff, everything we do is done by volunteers. Hikari Oe p.5 July Meeting notes p.5 All positions will be declared vacant so please consider joining the committee. Some positions entail more work than others but the other Interrupting p.6 committee members rally round if one person feels overloaded. National Autism Symposium p.6 Governor General’s Party p.7 Ian Copland will be present at the AGM to answer questions on educational Sibs Club p.8 issues within the Department of Education and Training so come along and Cooking Club p.8 talk to him. In order to have the fullest answers to your queries it would be Seminars & Conferences p.9 - 11 valuable to have as many questions beforehand. Committee Contacts p.12 Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Autism Asperger AGM Proxy & Voting Forms p.13 ACT PO Box 717 Mawson ACT 2607. Mailed questions, voting and proxy forms all need to arrive at the association by Friday 31st August 2007. ***** Another way all members can help is by donating items to be auctioned at our Golf Day which is being run through the Master Builders’ Association Monthly Meetings and being organised by member Michael McPherson. People can approach Wednesday 1st August businesses and ask for donations or get together with a few friends and make DVD on Brothers and Sisters of up a hamper of fine food or wines. children with ASD at SHOUT I came across an interesting thought on the internet recently about Change. I know a lot of people dislike change, I do for one – my immediate thought 7.30 for 7.45 being something not good is about to happen. Well, the article I was reading ***** challenged this idea saying we ought to think of change as being potential Wednesday 5th September beneficial. How much easier it would be if children who have ASD AGM responded positively to change. One could do this by making sure all change at SHOUT does not result in a less desirable thing happening – it might even be more 7.30 for 7.45 desirable. Finally I came across the following quote in the Department of Education Regular meetings and Training‟s Tuggeranong Offices – worth passing on to your child‟s AS Support Group 2ndThurs school! AS Games 3rd Sunday “If they can’t learn the way we teach them, RDI Interest Group 3rd Wed let’s teach the way they learn.” Sibling Group 3rd Friday Kenneth Dunn Please look at our website for more Gay von Ess email@example.com details. 1 Autism Awareness August 2007 FOR THE FRIDGE DOOR. . . . . . . . Wanted: Request through Autism SA for someone of a similar age to chat or correspond with a lady (aged 63) newly diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. For more information please contact the coordinator, (or firstname.lastname@example.org who can give you the contact details) Are you in the same situation? A southside parent whose 10 year old son has autism, but will be unable to access the mainstream curriculum, is looking for others in the same position. Although this boy will not start high school until 2009 his mother is hoping to find several other students in the same position so that an approach can be made to the Department of Education to open a suitable LSU. Current high school LSUs Autism integrate all students for most lines. If you have a child in the same position please contact Margaret 6231 8860. Quality Computer Packages from just $250 www.workventures.com.au/connectit computers are only available to Centrelink recipients, Health Care card holders, schools and Not for Profit Organisations buzzmeband Buzzmebands are personalised medical alert wristbands. They can be embossed internally and/or externally with the wearer‟s medical condition(s). They are customised, strong, long-wearing 100% silicone wristbands. see buzzmeband.com.au Visuals Source A box for visuals has been put near the library please help yourself and/or donate unwanted visuals Web Sites Change of website Kerryn B is an adult who has Asperger Syndrome. She runs KTalk ; www.ktalk.com.au Life Coaching Service and is anxious to be of service to people on the spectrum. http://www.asperger.net/bookstore_9728.htm New Choice Works System for ASD children. www.inekards.com clear, consistent photographic visuals for children with Autism and Language difficulties. www.makhomether.safeshopper.com www.linguisystems.com www.watchmelearn.com www.reasonablyclever.com www.modelmekids.com 2 Autism Awareness August 2007 NEW BOOKS FOR OUR LIBRARY Once again we have been kindly donated new books by Footprint Books for us to review. The following two books arrived recently A Blessing and a Curse. Autism and Me by Caiseal Mor. Published by Jessica Kingsley in 2007. and Alone together. Making an Asperger Marriage work by Katrin Bentley. Published by Jessica Kingsley in 2007. Jessica Kingsley books can be obtained from Footprint Books 02 99973973 or ordered through any good bookseller. We were also donated a book by Hachette Australia. Letters to Sam. A grandfather’s letters to his grandson on love, loss and the gifts of life by Daniel Gottlieb. Published by Hachette Australia 2007. In addition we have purchased from Autism WA Goodnights A manual for parents/carers who have a child with autism experiencing difficulties with sleep and Making Sense of the senses for children with Autism. A workbook for teachers and parents working with children with Autism in the classroom. ***** BOOK REVIEWS Letters to Sam. A grandfather’s letters to his grandson on love, loss and the gifts of life by Daniel Gottlieb. The particular charm in this book lies in the fact that it is written by a man, with an acquired disability, for his grandson with autism, and as such, has a particular poignancy. Daniel Gottlieb covers all the usual but important topics of bullying, disappointment, falling in love and coping with death. A Blessing and a Curse. Autism and Me by Caiseal Mor This book although challenging, and at times shocking, gives the reader a clear insight into the life with autism that Caiseal Mor, an Australian man, has experienced. Despite his rejection by his family and the abuse and total misunderstanding he suffered as a child Caiseal Mor rises above this to eventually reach a place of acceptance and love. The book details the trials of his journey, his periods of dissociation from reality and the spiritual journey he makes through several countries before returning to and finally finding a fulfilling life in Australia. Alone together. Making an Asperger Marriage work In this book Katrin Bentley traces the chequered course of her relationship with her husband, Gavin, whom she met when travelling in Australia as backpacker from Switzerland. The chapter on how Gavin‟s diagnosis helped them both and the appendix on Useful Contacts and Further Reading provides many useful resources for others in a similar situation. An excellent addition to the growing number of books on Asperger marriages. Useful websites include www.aspia.org.au (AS Partner Information Australia); www.asperger-marriage.info and www.aspires-relationship.com Gay von Ess ACT POLICING ADVICE - MISSING PERSONS An excerpt from a letter received by Autism Asperger ACT Inc recently: "Fundamental to the search for a missing person is the accuracy and currency of any physical description, particularly of clothing. When police are searching for a missing person it is the clothing description that will bring the missing person to the attention of police in the first instance. Confirmation of the identity of the missing person would be aided by a current photograph. The establishment of a data base of individual profiles of autistic children would not aid investigating police as the information and description of the child would invariably be dated and no longer accurate when required. I urge you to encourage your membership to ensure that they have a current digital photograph of their children that may be provided to police should the child be reported missing." 3 Autism Awareness August 2007 BEARS LOOKING FOR A HOME If you would like to buy one of our fundraising bears please contact Colin Wilson 6258 4352 or come to one of our monthly meetings. The following two items are from a UK based newsletter produced by Dave Angel. The first on employment links in well with our October Meeting where we plan to discuss options for young people when they leave school. Hot Topic of Discussion - Autism and Employment New UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been approached by Autism Awareness Campaign UK to consider an autism compact with employers. This basically means signing up employers to an agreement to improve the chances of people with autism and Asperger‟s, who are able to work, of finding and keeping a job. At present various informal and charitable organisations do an excellent job of this, but making this much more official and "joined-up" (to steal a favourite UK Blair government Buzz Word!) would hopefully take it to a new level. In addition Ivan Corea (Autism Awareness Campaign UK) is asking for employees to receive training about autism and Asperger‟s and for companies to offer much greater opportunity for young people with autism to gain work experience. It will be very interesting to see how this develops over the coming months and years with a new prime minister. Now I know that for many children with more severe ASD; employment and work experience in its general sense may always prove to be something that is too much of a challenge for them. But for many, many young people and adults with ASD their talents and abilities are lying wasted. From a political viewpoint in most Western countries this makes no sense as there are always approaches to cut welfare benefits and increase the labour force. Yet with a little help and encouragement so many people with ASD could be contributing much more. And to be quite frank with you - stuff the politicians and their self-serving ends anyway! The benefits for the individuals involved are huge. The increased status, improved financial position, sense of purpose, sense of contribution, new opportunities and so much more that come from meaningful employment is immense. We live in a society where these things are all seen as good and to be rewarded - and people with autism know this. So of course they want to aspire to this too. Yes the "world of work" can be a scary place for anyone just starting out. Add to that a diagnosis of autism and things can look very challenging - but with the right schemes, training and people in place it can be very achievable. And I think in the first instance this may not always mean paid employment. I know of a number of young people and adults with autism who get a great pride out of their work with charity shops (thrift stores for our American cousins!) recycling centres, gardening projects etc. By gaining such skills and confidence these individuals then have a much greater chance of going on to more formal paid employment - if they choose to. One issue that can arise for many people is that taking part time and at times inconsistent work can actually disadvantage them in financial terms (as they get benefits cut or reduced). So this would be an important factor for any "big picture" decisions by Gordon Brown and his cronies at Number 10. But overall such a national approach and agenda to including more people with autism and Asperger‟s in the workforce can only be a really good thing. To read the full story go to: http://www.personneltoday.com/Articles/2007/07/06/41369/gordon-brown-urged-to-launch-autism-compact-with- employers.html Autism Asperger ACT October’s monthly meeting will be addressed by our vice-president, Steve Bittinger, who has visited facilities in Victoria and WA. 4 Autism Awareness August 2007 Famous Autistic Person - Hikari Oe Hikari Oe is a Japanese composer with a diagnosis of autism and developmental disabilities. He is the son of Kenzaburo Oe who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994. In a stark and quite frightening view of how attitudes towards disability only 30 years ago were so different; Hikari's parents were advised by doctors to let him die after his birth in 1964. Fortunately his parents felt otherwise and nurtured him and cared for him through some very challenging times. At aged 4 Hikari began to respond to bird song and his delighted parents bought him hundreds of tapes of bird songs and he began to use a few words. He then graduated on to music and soon began to learn and request his favourite classical music compositions. Then Hikari began to write his own music and his parents brought in a teacher to help him to learn how to write music properly. Eventually at great personal financial risk Kenzaburo made 200 copies of a CD entitled "The Music of Hikari Oe". It has since gone on to sell over a million copies and established Hikari as a great and unique composer. To me this story is doubly inspirational as it is amazing as to what Hikari has produced despite the number of challenges in his life. And just as amazing is the importance of the unwavering parental support for Hikari that enabled him to do this. As well as defying the doctors at his birth - Kenzaburo was repeatedly re-buffed along the way by doctors about Hikari's progress. Initially they said that Hikari was only mimicking speech and not using "real speech" and also that later on he was not making "real music" but just mimicking. Well I have to say that if I could sell 1 million CD's of myself "mimicking music" I would be a happy man indeed! But seriously it is the devotion of Hikari's parents that really gave him the chance to do what he now does. And as ever I can only say that for each and every parent out there navigating their way through the many difficult challenges with their autistic child - you all do exactly the same sort of amazing job every day and should take any opportunity you can to celebrate your own achievements and those of your child (no matter how big or small). To listen to samples of Hikari's music go to: http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/store/artist/album/0,,1708529,00.html ***** News about the July 2007 meeting on RESPITE Respite was the subject of the July monthly meeting. Representatives from FaBRiC, Respite Care ACT, Disability Services ACT and Carers ACT attended the meeting and gave an overview of the services each of their organisations provide. On completion of the presentations questions were taken from the floor. This was a very worthwhile meeting, especially being able to ask question directly to the subject matter experts. Various Respite services are available in the ACT, although obtaining these services can take time as waiting lists are invariably long. However, temporary alternate solutions are accessible from some providers whilst you are on a waiting list for a more regular respite care arrangement. It is also recommended that regular contact be maintained with service providers of which you are on the waiting list, in order that your needs profile is kept up to date as your circumstances change. Much of the information detail was new to those who attended and has helped lift the mystique surrounding respite care, empowering some with renewed confidence in seeking services now that they are more acquainted with the subject. It is nice to now be able to associate friendly faces with organisations that many of us only know by name and we are grateful for the those representatives who generously made time in their busy schedules to address the association at the July monthly meeting. In particular we would like to thank: Cheryl Daw FaBRiC / Respite Care ACT www.fabricinc.com.au www.respite.org.au Melinda Mitchell FaBRiC www.fabricinc.com.au Sarah King Disability Services ACT www.dhcs.act.gov.au/DisabilityACT/ Annemarie Ashton Carers ACT www.carersact.asn.au 5 Autism Awareness August 2007 Interrupting by Anna Tullemans “One of my students interrupts me all the time. It happens when I‟m talking to the group and even when I‟m talking to just one other person. What can I do?” – Lisa, Hong Kong Making sense of it: ASD students have difficulty in knowing how and when to join conversations. They don‟t recognise the pauses and subtle signals which are an invitation, and they lack the skills of building a contribution to the conversation. They may also become preoccupied with a particular thought that they cannot resist in blurting out. Things to try: • In Groups: Try using an object such as squishy ball with only the person holding the object allowed to speak • Explain to the student that pauses in conversations are the places to come in with comments. Practice recognising pauses. Watch videos and use drama activities (play acting) as prompts. • Use “How to Stop Your Words from Bumping into Someone Else‟s” (interrupting)- Rhonda Dixon & Anna Tullemans . ***** Michelle Kirby, Herbalist, Clinic of Herbal Medicine, 30 Sprent Street Narrabundah ACT 2604 PH: 62953828 http://www.ntpages.com.au/therapist/12774 Press Release Government Support for National Autism Symposium Community groups welcome the Australian government consideration of funding a national autism symposium. Senator Bill Heffernan, in a recent letter indicated that he had approached the Minister for Health and Ageing the Hon Tony Abbott about funding a national autism symposium. The national autism symposium will be the first fundamental step for government, non-government agencies and autism researchers to develop a strategic coordinated plan to address rising numbers of children diagnosed with autism in Australia. Bob Buckley, Convenor of Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4), said “We welcome moves, developed in consultation with people with autism spectrum disorders and their families that strengthen support and improve outcomes for these people. Over the last decade, the number of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder has risen to at least 1 in 160 children.” “Autism is a life-long condition. A recent study estimated autism costs the nation around $7 billion per year. “Australia needs to invest in researching the causes of autism, effective treatment and how best to support people who have it. Research will lead to better outcomes for the whole community.” Associate Professor Deb Keen from Griffith University said “The Australian Autism Research Alliance (AARA) supports the call for a national autism symposium. The symposium would join together local and international researchers in their efforts to diagnose and treat this most serious disorder”. Contacts: Bob Buckley 0418 677 288 (email@example.com) or Peter Hill 0408 125 752. Web: www.a4.org.au 6 Autism Awareness August 2007 ADVANCE NOTICE !!! Governor General's Christmas Party Children with special needs , between the ages of 5 and 12 years, from Autism Asperger ACT, plus their accompanying parent or carer, are invited to join us at the party. Please be advised, unless there are special circumstances, only one adult is to accompany each child. Thursday 22nd November 12 noon - 1:30 pm Tickets will be limited Thursday, 22 November 2007 Where: Grounds of Government House, Canberra. Included: Vintage car rides, face painters and a jumping castle. Refreshments and party fare will be provided for all attending at seating under a marquee. Numbers are limited, preference will be given to those children who missed out last year and then on a first response basis. RSVP: Roxanne Coghlan 6242 5353 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com KEEP YOUR MEMBERSHIP UP TO DATE Autism Asperger ACT‟s preferred method of communication is via email. Email reduces paper, photocopying and distribution costs and enables timely distribution of information, all of which enables us to provide free membership! Email recipients also receive a great deal more information, eg: short notice of events / programs etc that is not feasible to distribute by mail. Please remember to let us know about any changes in your email and/or postal addresses. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you. Book Box Loans Contact Trish O‟Neil if you wish to borrow one of our community education book boxes. We have boxes especially for child care, preschool, primary and high school aged children. 7 Autism Awareness August 2007 SIBLINGS CLUB For children Yr1 – Yr 6 3rd Friday evening of each month: A club for siblings or family members (son, daughter niece nephew or grandchild) of those on the Autism Spectrum. (Autism, Asperger‟s, PDD NOS and Tourettes). We will do fun activities and discussions. We will do some fun things we wouldn‟t always be able to do if our siblings were with us. We will sometimes talk about what it is like to have a sibling or family member on „the spectrum‟ but mostly we will have fun and make new friends! There is a continuous intake of children to the group. New children are always welcome. Contact Bobbi via SHOUT 6290 1984 Connect with Cooking Cooking Club Now it is possible to borrow cooking kits! Why not start a cooking club at your school Last year at North Ainslie Primary we found that cooking was a great way of connecting our kids with Autism to other children in the school. To start with we ran small lunch time groups tailored around individuals with Autism. Soon the club had a reputation for being fun and there was a waiting list of kids keen to join in. These classes provided a chance for introductions, an opportunity for making friends and practicing social skills. We found that it is not only kids with Autism who find lunch times long and scary with no structure! Later in the year we started bake sales. The canteen was closed on Monday so we had a recess bake sale of goodies we had made in class. We tied this in to the subjects the kids were studying at the time (eg: selling animal shaped biscuits to reflect the unit on Mini Beasts). This was extremely popular with the other children. Kids from the club were allowed to sell the goods - giving another chance to practice social skills and giving them a special importance which they loved. Money raised went to sponsor an animal at Australia Zoo. The next term we held a great feast. The children cooked a fantastic Italian meal and served it to all their friends before sitting down to share the meal together. We were also invited cater for the P&C meeting and our kids were able to be waiters. For us, Cooking Club was a way of involving our kids with Autism with the whole school community. We were lucky enough to have a grant from the ACT Government and with some of that money we have put together 2 Kits of cooking equipment including: Portable Ovens; Blenders; Electric Mixers; Electric Frypan; Assorted Cooking Utensils If you have problems with inclusion at your school, Borrow a kit and give Cooking Club a go!! All enquiries to email@example.com or SHOUT 6280 1984. Sam & Adam Cooking Club North Ainslie Primary School 8 Autism Awareness August 2007 CIT SKILLS FOR CARERS July 2007 Newsletter with lots of courses available for Semester 2 - emailCarerSkills@cit.act.edu.au or phone 6207 3628 to request a copy or for more information! Supporting your anxious child with Autism / Asperger's Tuesdays 7th &14th August 2007 6.30 – 9.00pm Supporting your anxious child Tuesday 23rd &30th October 2007 CIT Southside Campus Challenging Situations and Behaviours 22nd, 29th August & 5,12,19 &26th September 2007 CIT Southside Campus SoSAFE This is an integrated framework for teaching relationships, security and sexual help to people with a moderate to severe intellectual disability and /or ASD. Saturday mid-October 2007 Other courses offered by Skills for Carers include Medical Emergencies, Parent Support Skills, When caring gets you down. Contact skills for carers on CarerSkills@cit.act.edu.au or ring 6207 3628 to register. ***** 4TH INTERNATIONAL ABA CONFERENCE ABA International conducts conferences around the world to promote behaviour analysis outside the U.S. International conferences have been held in Beijing, China (2005); Campinas, Brazil (2004); and Venice, Italy (2001). We welcome you and all those interested in the philosophy, science, education and teaching of behaviour analysis to join us in Sydney for an outstanding educational conference! When: August 12-14, 2007 Where: Hilton Sydney, Australia Program Agenda Opening Reception: Sunday, August 12, 2007 Conference Program: August 13-14, 2007 9 Autism Awareness August 2007 2 Day Seminar for Spouses & Partners Prof Tony Attwood & Dr Isabelle Henault co-presenting Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd September 2007 9.00 am to 3.00 pm Venue: Queensland Rugby Club - Ballymore Clyde Road, Herston Free Parking First day only Psychologists & Counsellors (PD) welcome. It is recommended that Spouses and Partners attend both days. Undiagnosed participants also welcome. For more information please download registration form or contact Stephanie on QLD 3865 2911 http://www.asperger.asn.au/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=94. ***** SoSafe ! Training run by SHFPACT (Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT This is an integrated framework for teaching relationships, security and sexual help to people with a moderate to severe intellectual disability and /or ASD. 6th September or 8th November 2007 9am to 4.30pm SHFPACT 1/28 University Avenue Canberra $95 for training $ cost of SoSafe resources (approx. $100 but price to be confirmed) www.shfpact.org.au/sosafe or phone 6247 3018 ***** Ylana Bloom ** * * * Dolly Bhargava http://www.innovativeprogramming.net.au/ On line courses include: Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication; AAC assessment; Communication Strategies for individuals who are pre-intentional, intentional and symbolic; Communication issues for specific disorders e.g. Autism, deaf – blind; Developing literacy in children and adults; Communication support for challenging behaviour; Promoting Social skills and Enhancing the skills of the communication partner 10 Autism Awareness August 2007 REGIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER Working Towards Positive Outcomes In Regional Queensland Tuesday 11th September and Wednesday 12th September, 2007 Rockhampton Conference Centre EVENT COSTS Standard Registration 2 days $350 1 day $200 Early Bird Registration 2 days $320 1 day $170 Parent registration 2 days $200 1 day $100 www.autismqld.com.au ***** LIBRARY The Association continues to buy new books for the library. The Library is open for borrowing and returns before and after the monthly meeting and during the week when the SHOUT office staff will assist you. Please make sure that you have read the latest Library rules before you borrow books, videos etc from the Library. When you return these rules and your details a borrowing card will be issued to you. In future there will be a small charge ($5) for borrowing the very expensive DVDs and videos as these items only have a limited life span. Relevant items will be clearly marked. Disclaimer Autism Asperger ACT does not necessarily endorse the views and opinions expressed in the articles in this publication, nor does the association provide them as advice, nor does the association take any responsibility for the accuracy or validity of the data within the articles. These articles are produced for information only. Autism Asperger ACT provides information on services for the information of members. Autism Asperger ACT does not endorse any individual person or method of treatment. This edition of Autism Asperger ACT‟s newsletter was compiled and edited by Gay von Ess. 11 Autism Awareness August 2007 Autism Asperger ACT Inc. S.H.O.U.T Telephone: (02) 6290 1984 PO Box 717 Facsimile: 02 6286 4475 Mawson, ACT, 2607 http://autism.anu.edu.au Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Committee 2006 – 2007 President Gay von Ess email@example.com 0413 776922 Vice President Steve Bittinger firstname.lastname@example.org 0411 245 570 Minutes Secretary Colin Wilson Secretary Margaret Froggatt 62318860 Treasurer Paul Jackson Public Officer Margaret Froggatt Librarian Carmel Ryan Membership Roxanne Coghlan Book Boxes Trish O‟Neil Newsletter Gay von Ess Committee Morgan Bittinger Moira Garoni Bob Buckley Tracey Haridemos Bobbi Cook Dale Daniels Christopher McLauchlan Autism Asperger ACT General Meetings In 2007 we will be holding a general meeting, usually with a speaker on the 1st Wednesday of each month, with the exception of January and possibly December.. Meetings are held in the large meeting room at SHOUT, Collett Place, Pearce. The meetings are 7.30 for a 7.45p.m. start. There is time for a cuppa and a chat after the speaker. A gold coin donation would be appreciated. The Association uses the money collected to buy an item for each autism unit and special school in turn. 12 Autism Awareness August 2007 Nomination Form for Autism Asperger ACT Inc. I, _____________________________________, being a member of Autism Asperger ACT Inc. hereby nominate: ________________________________________________________ for the position of__________________________________________ Seconded by: _____________________________________________ Nomination accepted:______________________________________ Nomination Form for Autism Asperger ACT Inc I, _____________________________________, being a member of Autism Asperger ACT Inc hereby nominate: ________________________________________________________ for the position of__________________________________________ Seconded by: _____________________________________________ Nomination accepted:______________________________________ Proxy Vote for Autism Asperger ACT AGM Inc I, _____________________________________, being a member of Autism Asperger ACT Inc hereby give my proxy vote to: ________________________________________________________ who is also a member of Autism Asperger ACT Inc in order that he /she may vote on my behalf at the forthcoming AGM. Signed by: _____________________________________________ 13 Autism Awareness August 2007 STOP PRESS!!! Learning Ways, a non profit organisation providing assistance and support to children with special needs and their families is opening an early intervention therapy playgroup for children 0 to 5 years with a disability Playgroup runs Mondays 9.30 to 11.30 during the school term, commencing 30 th July 2007. Cost is $10 per session, paid at the beginning of the term. First session for each child is on a trial basis and is free Contact Kara Potter 0418673073 for more details, queries or bookings. Address NationsHeart 27 Rae St Belconnen www.learningways.org.au ***** Foundations Forum present a two day event “Towards a Better Life” Social Role Valorisation 16th & 17th August 2007-07-20 Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club $400 contact Megan 0425370301 email@example.com 14 Autism Awareness August 2007
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