As kindergarten students of 2013 complete their first school year, a new crop of children are getting ready for their turn at this pivotal milestone.
The national disability insurance scheme will cover ''most'' people with autism and could pay the full cost of early intervention programs, Disability Reform Minister Jenny Macklin has declared in the latest clue as to what the $22 billion-a-year scheme will cover.
Children with autism
It may even be good for them.
Gifted students have the potential to be our future Einsteins. But only if we support them to learn in an appropriate way.
The choice to share our family's story wasn't an easy one, but we're doing it to help others with disabilities.
Female autism often expresses itself differently.
Gaining control over the relationship between their mind and their body is a major challenge for many kids on the spectrum.
Current rules about who meets the eligibility criteria are patchy and inconsistent.
A tricky situation made all the more so because the parents don't speak.
Parents say their child, who has high-needs, is being forced into mainstream schooling because they live over the border.
And what not to do.
"Expressing our emotional needs can be a tricky business. I’m autistic, and I know that it can take a lot of work."
The test is believed to be the first of its kind and could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment.