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July is Fragile X Awareness month

Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is a genetic condition causing intellectual disability, behavioural and learning challenges and various physical characteristics. It is also the most common single gene cause of autism worldwide. It appears in people of all ethnic, racial and socio economic backgrounds.

It is estimated that 5 per cent of people with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum disorder also have Fragile X.

You can find out more here bit.ly/UyVJVy

and from the Fragile X Association of Australia

https://www.facebook.com/fxAus/photos/a.616674721690070.1073741826.129283543762526/812360105454863/?type=1&theater
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Dance Chance Incorporated are a not for profit dance group for people with a disability, based in Sydney. They have recently created a new class for people aged 6-18 and they currently have space open in this class.

Contact: dancechance@live.com.au

http://vimeo.com/81252575
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Listen to music and be in the running to win a $50 iTunes voucher!

The University of New South Wales (UNSW Australia) is interested
in finding out more about how people respond to music.

People who are involved in Aspect-run activities or programs and are 18 years or older are invited to participate in a survey that asks questions about your favourite piece of
music, your responses to excerpts of music, and your personality.

http://buff.ly/1ozLl96
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This week is NAIDOC week and it is a celebration of the culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.

To find out more and join the celebrations, please visit the NAIDOC FaceBook page below...

https://www.facebook.com/NAIDOC?fref=ts
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Take a walk in Matty's shoes and discover what he thinks about 'being normal' and living with autism...

http://buff.ly/1lu7Hpm
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What an amazing couple of days it was at the inaugural Aspect Autism in Education Conference in Sydney.

Thanks to everyone who was involved in making the Conference such a resounding success.

Watch the SBS news story from the conference on utilising student interests...

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/08/01/how-games-minecraft-are-helping-kids-autism
OK, that may be a slight exaggeration. But my eight-year-old, at least, is totally obsessed with this online game that lets him create his own world by mining and harvesting different substances and then combining them to build exactly what he wants. To my eyes Minecraft looks incredibly old - the graphics and sound effects are so simple and the point of the game is so rudimentary - but I think it's the simplicity that kids find so appealing.
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Can you help me I'm 13 and having difficulties with helping my parents understand 
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Seeking parents of children with autism and other disabilities aged between 6 and 18 years to complete an online questionnaire about their parenting experiences.

Parents who who complete the questionnaire can go into a raffle to win one of four $100 Coles Myer gift cards!

For more information, please click the link below or feel free to contact Maria Vassos from the University of Queensland (maria.vassos@uq.net.au)

http://www.autismspectrum.org.au/content/profiling-experiences-parents-children-and-without-disabilities
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Thanks for clarifying. Yes, that's ok! Any parent who has children on the spectrum is sought for this study. Kevin
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To all you Michael Bublé fans out there, here's his latest song...

http://buff.ly/1k790Lr
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Laugh along with Maggie...click the link to the article below

An estimated one in 100 people have ASD; that’s almost 230,000 Australians...

http://buff.ly/1ovMaja
Because sometimes, if you don’t laugh, you will cry.
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This is a 'must read'. Thank you Jeanette and The Mighty for sharing this story with everyone

http://themighty.com/2014/07/the-day-i-laughed-with-a-stock-boy-named-jacob/#
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The best opportunities for people with autism or other disabilities
Introduction
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is one of Australia's leading not-for-profit service providers, helping people with autism and other disabilities and their families since 1966.

Aspect's evidence-informed approach is designed to give people the opportunity to be the best they can be. Potential varies enormously for each individual, which makes the role Aspect plays all the more rewarding.

Our services provide the best opportunities for people with autism or other disabilities, as well as providing much needed support to their families, carers, friends and colleagues.
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Autism Spectrum Australia PO BOX 361 Forestville NSW 2087