Autism What Next – Navigating an Autism Diagnosis NDIS

Join Barb Cook, Nicole Rogerson and Dr James Best with Hireup for a two part series on Autism and the NDIS. This session is on first time autism diagnosis and where to find the right information.

Length 58:07:00   Date 10 November 2021

About this recording:

Have you/your child recently received an autism diagnosis and you’re unsure what the next steps are?

Autism: What Next? Is here to help you navigate the first year following an autism diagnosis.

Created by Autism Awareness Australia, this free digital toolkit is designed and developed by teams of people with lived experience, and features evidence-based information, resources and video stories from parents, autistic adults and leading clinicians.

Come and hear from an expert panel of speakers and ask your questions in this virtual session.

This recording will help you:

-Understand where to go for the right information on Autism diagnosis

-Understand what kinds of supports can help participants with Autism achieve their goals

-Hear from clients with lived experience

Our speakers are keen to answer your questions. Please send them prior to the event to:

Barb Cook, M.Aut.,Dip.HSc.

Barb is a registered Developmental Educator (DE), Deputy Chair of the Developmental Educators Australia Incorporated (DEAI), and an Autism and Neurodiversity Employment Consultant and Life Coach for neurodivergent adults (ADHD, autism and dyslexia).

Barb identifies as neurodivergent, being diagnosed mid-life with autism, ADHD and dyslexia in 2009, and promotes a strength-based and person-centred approach in her life and work.

Nicole Rogerson

Nicole is one of the nation’s leading spokespersons for the awareness and understanding of autism. She is the founding director of Autism Awareness Australia and is an experienced director, government advisor and senior executive.

For more than 18 years, she has been advising on public policy, providing early intervention services and advocating for the inclusion, acceptance and understanding of individuals with autism.

She is deeply committed to improving the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Nicole has two sons, the eldest of whom is on the autism spectrum.

Dr James Best

James lives and works on the beautiful south coast of NSW with his wife and youngest son Sam. Sam was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, aged three, in 2004.

James has been a general practitioner for over twenty five years, and his medical practice has a special focus on child development, child behaviour, parenting and children with disabilities. He has been widely published in medical and mainstream publications on these and other child health topics.

In 2015 Sam and James travelled for 6 months through Africa to help Sam develop life skills, an adventure that was featured on Australian Story in 2017, and also documented in James’ book Sam’s Best Shot, published by Allen & Unwin.