Bond University Collecting Autism Data


Provisional Phychologist and final year student of Clinical Psychology from Bond University, Emily Habelrih, is collecting data for a research project is investigating the possible affects of having a sibling with Autism Spectrum Disorder. To date, no Australian research has explored this area. As research has primarily focused on children with Autism and their parents, the following research will aim to identify whether siblings of children with Autism, when compared to siblings of typically developing children, tend to have negative emotionality, lower self-esteem, and lower academic success.

Emily invites both typically developing siblings and their parents to participate in this research. 

Children/young adults who have a sibling with ASD can complete the survey by following this link:

Parents who would like to complete the survey can complete the survey via this link:


My Learning Matters Tool Launched

My Choice Matters has just launched My Learning Matters, an innovative new tool designed to help people get prepared!

A crowd of over 80 people attended My Choice Matters launch at the University of Technology in Sydney to celebrate this groundbreaking tool and hear from people like Jim Longley, Chief Executive of ADHC and Shu-Hua Chan, Vice Chairperson of NSW Council for Intellectual Disability about how learning can create a good life. Visit, register and explore the tools.

NDS NSW News Update


Register now for the Nepean/Blue Mountains region NDIS Service Provider Forum

In light of the significant changes taking place in the Nepean/Blue Mountains region, NDS will be running monthly forums for senior leaders of organisations operating in that area.

The first of these meetings will follow the Every Australian Counts information session at the same venue, but you will need to register for the events separately.

The first Service Provider Forum will feature an address by NDS CEO, Dr Ken Baker.

These meetings are an opportunity for service providers to network, collaborate and share lessons from the new operating environment. The meetings will also provide an opportunity to discuss challenges and raise questions with key staff from NDS, the National Disability Insurance Agency, and Ageing, Disability & Home Care.

Service Provider Forum details

Date: Wednesday 1 July

Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Location: Penrith Panthers - see registration page.

NDIS Service Provider Meetings are free to participants but registration is essential to ensure appropriate catering and venue management. Registrations will close one week ahead of the scheduled meeting date on Wednesday 24 June.

Please note that these meetings are for service providers only.

Please register now to reserve your place at the meeting.