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Meet Deanne Michaels and travel with her on a journey to demystify the myths about Autism Spectrum Disorders and discover the facts.

Hi, I’m Deanne Michaels and I am a qualified community worker with a Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies (Autism Spectrum Disorders). I operate the Autism Spectrum Disorders Consultancy and Support Service in Canberra. Through this service I offer consultancy to schools, community, government and non-government organisations. I provide assistance to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families by way of advocacy, education, support and individual programs and use a person centred planning approach in my work.

I am a proficient community educator and trainer. I have presented to many organisations across the ACT and surrounding regions of NSW, Tasmania, Queensland, Hong Kong and New Zealand. I have been told that my enthusiasm and knowledge make my training programs inspiring and energising.

I am the author and publisher of The Social and Friendship Skills Program, developed for primary school age children with Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, ADHD and other social challenges. I have a keen interest in positive behavioural support and inclusive and active participation in education. I have a passion for community inclusion and access. I believe that through education and inclusion individuals with ASD will be able to fully participate in their communities as valued citizens.

Over the past few years I have worked with siblings of individuals with ASD and through this work have developed “Sibshops Downunder” a modified version of “Sibshops” developed by Donald Meyer and Patricia Vadasy (1994). This program explains (in kids terms) the traits and behaviours of ASD, as well as providing participants with helpful strategies.

My work with families has led me to develop a Collaborative Practice. Using person centred planning tools, the family’s strengths and capacities are maximised to develop positive outcomes for each and every individual within the family unit. This program includes training for all family members and any services they are involved with and this forms part of the collaborative approach. Over the years, through work opportunities, I have broadened my knowledge to develop an understanding of many other disability types including Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability and Cerebral Palsy.

I have spent eight years working with families to support them through the difficult times of living with a member who has ASD. I bring to my programs a thorough professional knowledge of current research, theory and heartfelt personal experience.

Educational Qualifications

  • 2003
    • Graduate Certificate in Disabilities (Autism Spectrum Disorder), Flinders University, Adelaide, S.A.
      • Awarded High Distinction overall.
  • 2002
    • Work Place Assessor, Canberra Institute of Technology, A.C.T.
    • Training Small Groups, Canberra Institute of Technology, A.C.T.
  • 2001
    • Diploma of Community Services (Welfare Studies), Canberra Institute of Technology, A.C.T.
      • Awarded Distinction level for Autism Support Network Project, November 8 2001.
Member of A link to an external siteThe Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers Inc.
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