Greens pass motion in support of neurodivergent parents

Today in Parliament, Abigail passed a motion commending the creation and work of the Australian Neurodivergent Parents Association.

Abigail moved:

(1) That this House notes that:

  • the Australian Neurodivergent Parents Association [ANPA] has made history as the first association run by and for neurodivergent parents and those with psychosocial disabilities;
  • ANPA seeks to fill a gap in the community by representing and addressing critical needs for this parent demographic;
  • according to ANPA's president Sarah Langston, support for neurodivergent parents is almost non-existent and discriminatory attitudes are systemic, with State and Federal governments continuing to fail neurodivergent parents as demonstrated in evidence given throughout the disability royal commission;
  • the disability royal commission released a report in July 2023 that examined disabled parents' experiences of child protective services and made 27 recommendations for change, parents with psychosocial disabilities were identified as the key group whose children are overrepresented in the out-of-home-care system in every State, and it was highlighted that neurodivergent parents are likely included in this group, but there is insufficient data to distinguish them; and
  • there are evident gaps in current decision-making and policy-making mechanisms which too often leave out or misrepresent the experiences and voices of neurodivergent parents, and ANPA seeks to fill this gap by fighting for genuine consultation and representation.

(2) That this House commends the work and creation of ANPA as the first Australian association run entirely by and for neurodivergent parents.

 

Read the transcript in Hansard here.

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