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WHAT IS ATAC?

ATAC is a small group of people who have come together to support and to advocate on behalf of children with autism. We advocate on behalf of these families, including those in crisis, and we do this with, for example, Government Services, Ministers of the Crown, and Service Providers. We also appear on behalf of families in the Children's Division of the Magistrate's Court.

We arrange for assessment and diagnosis of children with autism with specialists who are world recognised in this field, thus ensuring correct diagnosis and appropriate programmes for the children concerned.

WHY IS ATAC DIFFERENT?

A.T.A.C. differs from other Autism Support Groups in that we do not concentrate on assisting families in learning to cope with living with a child who has autism. Our prime concern is in obtaining ASSISTANCE for the child. A.T.A.C believes that NO Autistic child is incapable of learning.

WITH PROPER EVIDENCE-BASED PROGRAMMES AND PROFESSIONAL HELP, ALL CHILDREN WITH AUTISM CAN IMPROVE.

TOO OFTEN INACCURATE DIAGNOSIS LEADS TO A FAILURE TO PROVIDE OUR CHILDREN WITH THE EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMMES SO VITAL TO THEIR DEVELOPMENT.

FIFTY PERCENT OF THESE WILL IMPROVE TO THE POINT WHERE THEY CAN LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY UNASSISTED.

A.T.A.C believes that when the child is learning and succeeding, depression lifts from those involved with caring for the child, and the family will re-unite into a close knit unit.

WHAT DOES ATAC FIGHT FOR?

  • Early diagnosis by qualified experts in the field of Autism.
  • Early intervention programmes subject to evidence-based research, which measures and verifies key areas of the child's developlment on a regular basis, that have many years of proven practice, and that have been published and peer reviewed.
  • To date A.T.A.C. knows of only one type of programme that meets these strict criteria, and that programme is APPLIED BEHVIOURAL ANALYSIS [ABA]

  • REMEDIAL PROGRAMMES for children on the Autistic Disorder Spectrum who are over school age and who have slipped through the early-intervention net.

WHAT EFFECTIVE ACTION CAN ATAC OFFER?

  • Advocacy when the family is in crisis with government departments, Ministers of the Crown, and representation in the Children's Division of the Magistrate's Court. THIS IS OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE.
  • Facilitation of access to professional help in behavioural programmes and speech therapy.

WHERE TO NOW?

  • Our most urgent need is the mobilisation of families with children who have autism into an effective and vocal lobby group to bring pressure on Governments both State and Federal.
  • AUTISM is the largest disability group in Tasmania, and growing at over 10% per annum, yet government support is minimal or non-existent.
  • ATAC welcomes the proposals of the Federal Government to provide money for early intrvention programmes for acute cases. However, we see it as a drop in the ocean when the needs of autistic children are considered.
  • THIS WILL ONLY CHANGE WHEN FAMILIES WHOSE CHILDREN ARE ON THE AUTISTIC SPECTRUM SPEAK OUT SO THAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC KNOWS ABOUT AUTISM AND THE NEGLECT OF OUR CHILDREN.

ATAC - Action for Tasmanian Autistic Children!