Thirteen-year-old Eden has been taking antidepressants for almost half his life — and he's not alone. The number of Australian children and teenagers on antidepressants has risen by almost 60 per cent in the past five years.
Global IT company IBM rolls out its first neurodiversity program in Australia, at its Client Innovation Centre in Ballarat, putting 16 autistic candidates through their paces for four weeks and then hiring the 10 best.
A carer for a teenager with severe disabilities who choked to death on a latex glove rejects a suggestion from the girl's mother that respite facility staff knew the child needed to be supervised while unrestrained.
In what has been described an "incredible" move, St Kilda Football Club is offering a calming room at its home stadium where special needs children can watch the game in a quiet, safe space — and the AFL is taking notice, considering getting each of its clubs to follow suit in the years to come.
Fighting to have the effects of my disability believed and respected can sometimes be more painful than the symptoms themselves, writes Erin Stewart.
Playground designs are moving beyond the wheelchair swing as the push for inclusive play spaces drives new guidelines and community fundraising efforts across Australia.
With limited employment opportunities for adults who live with autism, Brodie Lunn and his mum decided they would set up a lawnmowing business. And it changed Brodie's life.
Advocates are concerned that with primary school enrolments of children with autism growing rapidly, high schools are not adequately prepared to accommodate children with specialist education needs.
Since my two sons were diagnosed with autism, the learning curve for our family has been steep. In a way, it reflects how much society has learned since the days of Rain Man and the 'refrigerator mother' theory.
In Australia only about 40 per cent of autistic adults have a job, yet for one Australian pig farm a new program helping them employ people with autism has been a major boon.