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
Most autism intervention is focussed on the early childhood years, Yet there is "second spring" of neuronal development during adolescence, the potential of which has largely been neglected.
My daughter celebrated her 14th birthday at the weekend. Around the table for dinner were four of her closest friends and former classmates through many years of primary school.
In a brightly lit space in one of the school's newer buildings a group of teenage boys is sitting in a rough circle playing a get-to-know you game that's a mix of musical chairs and guess who. There's the usual jokey exchanges and awkward adolescent shuffling, but nothing that sets this group apart from the norm.
Tracy-Ann Pettigrew regularly rewrites her child's school assignment.
Devastated after witnessing her son being ignored over and over during a trip to the local pool, one mum has taken to Facebook in an open letter in the hope of educating people.
A young woman who was diagnosed with ADHD as a child has penned a powerful letter of gratitude to the mother who "drugged" her.
Desperate parents are shopping for a label for their children's disability in a bid to secure vital classroom support.
Sometimes when Angus arrived at school, his classroom was empty. All the students were on an excursion, except for him.
He got a reply from the gaming giant; in Braille.
Canberra student Kayla Sterchow says people with autism feel stigmatised.
Rebecca Sharrock is one of about 60 people in the world identified as having a very unusual memory Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, which means she is unable to forget any day of her life and is constantly reliving her past.