Breaking Boundaries: Empowering Autistic Individuals in Work & Education

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Emily Bourke MLC is a distinguished guest on this episode of Inside the Asperger Studios. As the Assistant Minister for Autism in Australia, Emily holds a unique position as the only individual in the world dedicated solely to advocating for the autistic and autism community within the government. Elected to the Upper House in the South Australian Parliament in 2018, Emily has been actively involved in formulating and implementing policies to promote autism inclusion in education and the workforce. Her initiatives include the placement of autism inclusion teachers in public primary schools, with 99% of schools now benefiting from this program. Additionally, Emily has spearheaded efforts to enhance teacher training at universities, ensuring educators have the necessary skills to support students with disabilities. Through her unwavering commitment and dedication, Emily has made significant strides in advancing opportunities and empowerment for individuals with autism. Her work continues to be instrumental in fostering a more inclusive society for all.

Emily Bourke, Assistant Minister for Autism in South Australia, is a passionate advocate for autism inclusion in the workforce and education. Her journey began when she was elected into the Upper House of the South Australian Parliament in 2018. Recognizing the need for a dedicated focus on autism, Emily was appointed to the unique position of Assistant Minister for autism, the first of its kind in the world. This position was created in response to years of advocacy from the autistic and autism community, highlighting the challenges faced by individuals with autism in areas like education and employment. Emily’s role allows her to represent the entire state of South Australia and work towards creating policies that promote inclusivity and empower individuals with autism. She is committed to making a lasting impact by implementing initiatives such as the introduction of autism inclusion teachers in public primary schools and incorporating autism education modules in teacher training programs. Emily’s efforts have garnered attention not just within Australia, but also internationally, as she strives to bring about positive change and improve the lives of individuals with autism.

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