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Autism & Aba In The Bush - Sydney

Autism & Aba In The Bush - Sydney - Has Ended

 12 Nov, 2014 - 12 Nov, 2014
 Wed 6:00pm - Wed 8:30pm
 Macquarie Street
  Sydney, NSW
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Join us for an evening of cocktails in the gorgeous Speakers Courtyard of NSW Parliament House (and feel free to bring your friends!). 

Take the time to learn a little more about autism and what it means for families, all whilst supporting two little country boys to receive the best possible therapy - and the best chance at a full and meaningful life! 

It will be a great night with Ian Rogerson our emcee and Autism Awareness Australia at the event.

Also, Moree artist James Kearns will be showing some of his work - with any sold making a contribution to the boys. ( 


We will of course be having an auction with some great items, including:

  1. Moree experience with return flights, accommodation, meals, helicopter ride and a day at the artesian spas 
  2. An opportunity to join Alan Jones in his studio at Radio 2GB
  3. Signed and framed James Magnussen swimming cap thanks to CBA
  4. Boxing gloves signed byDanny Green & Roy Jones Jnr thanks to Scott Hawkins

Rather than run the obligatory raffle, we are selling Lucky Envelopes with vouchers for lots of goodies including Gwydir Grove Olive Oil, Simply Stuck Printing vouchers, make up vouchers with thanks to Greg & Carmel Mills and vouchers from Wine Marshalls as we approach the silly season.

In fact, everyone who purchases a Lucky Envelope on the night will leave with a special thank you gift from Country Autism Network and the McDonald & Hughes families.

A BIG thank you to our supporters

Alan Jones

  • QantasLink
  • Econolodge Moree
  • Ron Greentree
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • Scott Hawkins
  • James Kearns
  • Simply Stuck Printin
  • Greg & Carmel Mills
  • Wine Marshalls
  • Gwydir Grove

We are so excited to also have Autism Awareness Australia with us, as everyone works towards the best outcomes for all children on the Autism Spectrum.


All monies raised will be paid directly to the boys ABA Clinics to cover those fees.


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong disability, but the Spectrum is incredibly broad and with right Early Intervention (EI) it is possible to move along the Spectrum. Up to 15% of children move to the point of being indistinguishable with the right quality and intensity of EI.


Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is the only evidence and research based therapy in the Federal Government's own 'good practice guidelines' - no longer called 'best' but that's another issue!


There is no ABA available via the public system, so if a family wants to access the most effective EI for their child they must do so through a private clinic.


This costs around $60,000 per year in clinic fees, excluding in-home therapists costs.


For country families there is the added travel costs, as well as additional child care including overnights for any other children in the family, coupled with the inability for one parent to work due to running the program and associated travel.


The Boys

Fred Hughes is five years of age and has been undertaking ABA since August 2012. Fred has gone from being non-verbal and disengaged, to a fun loving little boy who loves to play with his brother and sister, whose communication skills are coming ahead in leaps and bounds and who attends mainstream preschool two days per week.


He currently does 20 hours of one on one ABA per week, with three to four days per month spent in Sydney at the Lizard Centre in Lane Cove West. At this stage we have been advised to home school next year. This will allow Fred to maintain his therapy levels in order to work on increasing his language capabilities as well as continue working on his daily living skills, especially personal safety.


Braxton McDonald is three years of age and has only recently been diagnosed. Braxton has very limited ability to communicate and has specific sensory needs.


Braxton has been doing an ABA program through The Learning Clinic in Gladesville, with his ability to attend and listen already improving, this in turn increases his ability to learn.


Both boys live in Moree, a town in far west NSW and travel to Sydney for therapy.


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Hollie Hughes This function is for Fred who is now a few years down the road on his journey, but also Braxton and his family who are just embarking on theirs. By providing some added financial resources to the McDonald family, I am hoping to ensure that at the very least his journey is unimpeded by financial constraints. When Fred was diagnosed in April 2012, it became very clear to me that families who have a child with ASD are pretty much left on their own to fend for themselves, and to try and find a way through the maze of therapy's avoiding charlatans and snake oil salesman. I have also established the Country Autism Network (CAN), a charity focused on assisting R&R families. We have a very active Facebook page and are about to launch our website. Over the past few years CAN has hosted training events and I have spent a considerable amount of time advocating on behalf of all children with ASD and their families. We have achieved a lot as a small charity, and have formed a very close working relationship with Autism Awareness Australia, ensuring resources are maximised rather than duplicated. We are excited to have AAA here with us on this night.

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