Media Releases

Statement on Pauline Hanson’s Comments Regarding Students with Autism

STATEMENT FROM THE I CAN NETWORK ON PAULINE HANSON’S COMMENTS REGARDING STUDENTS WITH AUTISM

Australians with Autism have struggled for decades against negative expectations and a lack of power. Finally, in 2017, we are beginning to gain a more prominent voice in Australian politics and the community in general. When this platform is undermined by people with little to no understanding of the lived experience of Autism, it undermines this struggle to be heard and embraced.

Yesterday, Pauline Hanson made a statement that dismayed and demoralised thousands of Autistics around Australia, when she suggested that they should be segregated from ‘mainstream’ peers and educated only in specialist settings.

It is disappointing to see this calibre of statement in the highest political halls of our nation.

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Media Release: STATEMENT ON THE INTRODUCTION OF JULIA TO SESAME STREET

STATEMENT FROM THE I CAN NETWORK ON THE INTRODUCTION OF JULIA, MUPPET WITH AUTISM, TO SESAME STREET

The I CAN Network is pleased to see the recent introduction of Julia, a Muppet with Autism, to the Sesame Street family.

Sesame Street has been a cherished childhood programme for over 40 years and has a solid place in the hearts of millions of children and adults.

That’s why it is so important for the show to have an inclusive, diverse cast that is reflective of its audience.

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MEDIA RELEASE: I CAN Network takes on Australia

Australia’s first social enterprise founded by people with autism takes on the nation in #AUTISMRETHINK

The I CAN Network, Australia’s first social enterprise founded by Autistics, continues to make great strides in our push to show society what people with Autism CAN do.

After a busy few months we’re pleased to say that our programs continue to enjoy great success.

Our flagship mentoring programs are now in 10 primary schools and 25 high schools. We work across Victoria in three key regions: metropolitan Melbourne, South West Coast and Kyabram, soon to be expanding in Albury/Wodonga and central Victoria. We will be delivering our program in Queensland in July this year.

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STATEMENT FROM THE I CAN NETWORK ON THE FORCED DEPORTATION OF A YOUNG PERSON WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY/AUTISM

The I CAN Network strongly condemns the Australian Government’s decision to reject the appeal of Western Sydney Doctor Nasrin Haque and her family to stay in Australia.

Dr Haque has had her visa cancelled due to her daughter Sumaya’s developmental delay, which the Immigration Department has ruled would be a burden on Australian tax payers.

This is despite the family having lived in Australia for eight years, and despite the fact that Sumaya is fully supported financially by her family.

What makes this case even more unfortunate is that the Department of Immigration is wrong.

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MEDIA RELEASE: April 2, World Autism Awareness Day

VITAL SUPPORT BRINGS REVOLUTIONARY I CAN PROGRAM TO MORE VICTORIAN STUDENTS

Young Victorians with Autism are the big winners this World Autism Awareness Day with the Department of Education and Training (DET) providing seed funding to the I CAN Network. The I CAN Network is Australia’s first social enterprise founded by people with Autism, and the DET’s seed funding will power the delivery of I CAN’s mentoring program in three mainstream government high schools.

The DET’s support will directly help young people on the Autism Spectrum, like Anthony Hay, who has experienced first-hand the magic of the I CAN Network’s unique approach.

Anthony, aged 19 and from Ballarat, was told “he couldn’t do things” by many people who assumed his diagnosis was a deficit.
Through sheer determination, Anthony took all the opportunities that came his way, including participating in a camp run by the I CAN Network in October 2014.

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MEDIA RELEASE: I CAN on ABC

The I CAN Network is proud to be featuring on the ABC’s flagship Australia Wide program this weekend.

Australia Wide takes a deeper look at people, places and events that affect the lives of Australians. As a national program on the nation’s broadcaster, it has the potential to reach thousands of people across the country. And, as the first major television program to feature the I CAN Network in depth, it represents a scoop not only for the ABC, but also for us!

The feature allows us to showcase to a wide audience our unique approach to Autism in schools and our drive for a nation-wide rethink on the Autism Spectrum, which affects roughly 1 in 100 people in Australia.

Our innovative mentoring programs now run in 15 schools across Victoria, as well as universities, and our “Quiet Magic” strategy is generating a huge amount of buzz across the education industry as well as in larger corporations and organisations. Part of our success stems from the uniqueness of our team, the majority of whom are on the spectrum themselves.

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