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Review details how NDIS Commission failed to act over controversial autism program – ABC News

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A damning review has found the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission failed to close a controversial program that put children with disabilities at risk of death despite reports from officials and families that it was using prohibited restraints, including pinning children to the ground face-down.

The review, was established after Four Corners revealed in September last year that Melbourne’s Irabina Autism Services was unlawfully restraining children with autism and intellectual disabilities as part of a controversial therapy it had imported from the US.

Former judge Jennifer Boland was asked to review the NDIS Commission’s regulatory response, ultimately finding multiple failures to act which meant the program remained open, putting children “at risk of death or serious harm and infringed human rights”.


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