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film festival to “The stories range from the showcase disability viewpoint of an artist losing his most The 64th Sydney Film Festival, on queer teen with disability in a body- vital sense, to the experience of a June 7 to 18, will include an exciting swapping sci-fi, and a tale of teenage new platform for screen practitioners love told by a filmmaker immobilised with disability. by motor neurone disease. These films, made by those with lived Developed in partnership with Screen NSW and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, experience of disability, are boldly A scene from Drumming is Like Thunder. breathing new life into storytelling.” Screenability will showcase six “These titles offer gripping insights Screenability at the Sydney cutting-edge works – features and unique perspectives, with Film Festival is part of a suite of My Name is Emily and Pulse, creatives with disability leading initiatives by Screen NSW designed documentary Lust for Sight, and the narrative,” said Sydney Film to boost the participation of short films Drumming is Like Thunder, Festival’s Screenability programmer underrepresented groups in Struck, and Milky Pop Kid – all by Sofya Gollan. the screen industry. The focus of Screenability is to grow filmmakers with disability. “The programming of films for participation with a wide range of Screenability is an international Screenability has been an exciting industry professionals, showcasing program showcasing films by process, revealing a depth of films by filmmakers with disability filmmakers with disability from talent and professionalism, as in a festival context. France, New Zealand, Australia well as startling, provocative, and and the UK. authentic cinema. For details visit sff.org.au new research “Researchers will present “Our aim is to support teachers by into autism the results of an Autism CRC developing interventions that are nationwide online survey into how easy to implement and will make a The latest in Australian autism Australian schools are meeting the huge difference to a student with needs of students with autism,” Dr autism, but ultimately benefit the of seminars to be held in Brisbane. Ashburner said. whole class.” Presented by Autism Queensland, in “A team of researchers from QUT, The Research to Practice series collaboration with The Cooperative Autism Queensland, Aspect, and will be held at the Autism Hub & Research Centre for Living with Griffith University surveyed 1,468 Reading Centre. A The Research to Autism (Autism CRC), the ‘Research participants for the study, from Practice series will be held at the to Practice’ series will showcase every state in Australia, making it Autism Hub & Reading Centre, 141 the work of Australian clinicians, the largest study of its kind. Merton Rd, Woolloongabba on July research will be discussed at a series educators and researchers. 21 and October 20. “Educators face the challenge Autism Queensland’s manager, of meeting the complex needs Registration cost $185 per workshop, research and development, Dr of children with autism while or $150 for parents and students. For Jill Ashburner said the series will maintaining an appropriate learning more information call 07 3273 0000 or explain the latest Autism CRC environment for all students. email learning@autismqld.com.au research on improving educational outcomes for students with autism. linkonline.com.au news 09