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
"So, how much to initiate my son sexually?" are just not the words a law-abiding, middle-aged mum ever expects to say.
Having a disabled parent can teach children understanding, compassion and empathy, about diversity, and that yes, sometimes life is hard.
What did devoted dad Hector Zuniga do when his son's favourite store closed down leaving the 20-year-old, who has autism, devastated? He built him a new one, of course.
In a European first, Shannon Airport in Ireland has launched a sensory room for children and families with autism and special needs.
"We have to be able to leave our houses," said the devastated mum.
Six-year-old Ella asked for Barbie dolls and pink, sparkly clothing for her birthday. But the dolls were left in the drawer, and the clothes went unworn. What was going on?
A boy with special needs has spent the day locked inside a school bus near Wollongong, after he missed his school drop-off and was unwittingly left at an area depot.
Hundreds of parents and children will be able to enjoy a special matinee performance of Disney's Aladdin The Musical in a judgement-free "autism-friendly" environment, presented in association with Autism Awareness Australia.
They are the blue, yellow and rose-coloured glasses polarising the dyslexic community.
A 16-year-old girl with autism who has been living in Australia for eight years could be deported within weeks because she failed immigration medical assessments and the Assistant Immigration Minister has refused to intervene.
For dad, Reed Botwright, whose son Everett is on the autism spectrum, finding food his six-year-old will eat is an ongoing challenge.