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Communities for all means everyone, including the one in five Queenslanders with disability having the same opportunities. Raising awareness and dispelling myths about disability and peoples’ abilities is the first step towards this. The more informed we all are, the more we can do to create truly inclusive communities.
Autism Therapy

Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (also simply termed autism) is a persistent developmental disorder, characterised by symptoms evident from early childhood [8]. These symptoms include difficulty in social interaction, restricted or repetitive patterns of behaviour and impaired communication skills. However, these may not be recognised until later, when social demands, such as those related to schooling, become greater. There is no definitive test for autism; instead, diagnosis is made on the basis of developmental assessments and behavioural observations. This snapshot explores the prevalence and characteristics of people with autism, and their use of disability support services.

People with autism may face barriers in education associated with their condition. 

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Chase Bank employing people with Autism

IBM employing people with Autism

credit attributed to the ABC

Employing people with a disability

credit attributed to the ABC

Habitica

Habitica is a video game to help you improve real life habits. It "gamifies" your life by turning all your tasks (Habits, Dailies, and To Do's) into little monsters you have to conquer. The better you are at this, the more you progress in the game. If you slip up in life, your character starts backsliding in the game.

Todoist

Acts as a checklist, organiser, calendar, reminder and habit forming app. Can be shared with others for joint projects, integrated with other apps such as Dropbox and Alexa.

Moodpanda

Track your moods using graphs and calendars. Community aspect to offer support and advice

Sensory App House

Range of sensory apps to help with relaxation and overstimulation.

Social Network sites

Headspace

A meditation and mindfulness app. Designed to guide the user through narrated sessions to focus on relaxation and help cope with stress and anxiety.

Press on the Heading and you will be linked to their Facebook page

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Respecting people with a disability

Queenslanders with disability are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, siblings, friends, neighbours, workmates, employees, bosses, customers, team mates and community leaders… just like you.

Here are some tips to help you to communicate better with people with a disability and be more inclusive in your community:

  1. Treat people with disability with the same respect you have for everyone else.

  2. Don’t make assumptions about what a person can or can’t do.

  3. Focus on the person, not the disability and don’t bring it up unless relevant.

  4. Speak to people with disability directly, not through their carer or interpreter (if they have one).

  5. Don’t talk down to a person with disability.

  6. Ask a person using a wheelchair if they would like help, and where they would like to sit, before you start moving furniture.  

  7. Can’t understand what’s being said? Don’t pretend — ask again.

  8. Take some time. People with some kinds of disability may take a little longer to understand and respond.

  9. Some disabilities are invisible. Get to know people.

  10. Never pat or speak to a Guide Dog while it’s wearing a coat or harness.

  11. Be aware that some people may need information to be provided in different formats, such as electronic, large font, braille, audio or Auslan.

  12. If a person is blind, consider describing the layout of the area to them, especially any obstacles like stairs or furniture. Tell them where you are standing when you say hello, so they can shake hands with you.

  13. Always make sure you’re facing people when you speak to them, so that they can read your lips if they need to.

  14. Don’t speak loudly, use big hand gestures, or speak extra slowly - just speak clearly.

  15. Try and put yourself at eye level with a person who is a wheelchair user, and speak directly to them.

Based on the Australian Network on Disability’s Welcoming customers with disability.