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
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.
As a parent, there are days it can feel like the whole world is against you.
Nuheara's earbuds were designed to cancel outside noise while listening to music, but the company is now exploring how they might help people distinguish voices in noisy environments as well.
A teacher in the US has been praised for creating ingenious "sensory" chairs that might help children with special needs.
When my son was in kindergarten in the mid '90s, my husband and I joined a parenting class for "spirited children".
Having a sibling with special needs is a reality many children are born into, including my three typically developing children. Of all the things my children experience that I never did, their experience of growing up with a sister with significant disabilities is something I struggle to understand, even as I watch it unfold daily.
Students with disabilities could miss out on hundreds of millions of dollars in extra funding a year because of serious concerns about the reliability of a landmark national audit into the number of school children with special needs.
The Palace of Westminster's Big Ben tower is closing its doors to visitors in London for a three-year renovation project which will see the world-famous landmark swathed in scaffolding.