The Autism Advisor Program
Over the past ten years The Autism Advisor Program took several steps in identifying how they could continue to engage diverse communities more meaningfully and successfully.
- Interpreters provided to all appropriate families since the beginning of the program in 2008
- Free interpreting services funded as part of Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) package
- The Multicultural Committee has driven different initiatives over the years e.g. collaborating with Migrant Resource Centre and translating documents to make evidence-based information accessible to all families.
The Autism Advisor Program at Autism Spectrum Australia ended on 31st March, 2021.
Families will be able to seek support and information from the Autism Connect Helpline, a service offered by Amaze. This new helpline provides evidence-based information, advice and referrals about autism and the various support options available. Please find the contact details for Autism Connect below:
Aspect We Matter Committee
The Aspect We Matter Committee has operated since 2016, in response to the employee engagement survey. Harmony Day is one of the committee’s initiatives to acknowledge and celebrate different cultures and communities across our teams and services.
One of the committee's efforts to promote multiculturalism is by encouraging teams to wear Orange and host social gatherings to improve team bonding. Each program and school celebrates in different ways sharing photos across Yammer and throughout the email network.
Translated materials and website
Aspect is committed to ensuring that everyone can access the information about how we do our work, how to access our services and what to expect when accessing a service provided by Aspect.
To improve accessibility, in addition to the web page, we also have our policies written in English, and Easy Read with pictures.
To support non-English speakers with our content, Aspect uses the National Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS). Information on how to access TIS has been translated into 20 languages that represents the cultural and language background of our participants and employees, based on the latest demographic survey we conducted within Aspect.
Aspect Therapy Vietnamese guide
In 2017, Aspect Therapy worked with the Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP) in Vietnam to translate two publications; A guide to developing play skills and a guide for social and emotional skills. CCIHP is a non-profit organisation with more than 20 years of experience in public health research, policy advocacy and interventions. Since 2010, CCIHP has engaged in researches, interventions and raising autism awareness.
The aim of translating the publications was to support families with children on the autism spectrum in Vietnam by providing access to reliable and useful resources.
All illustrations were adapted to be more culturally appropriate and a list of familiar Vietnamese games and songs added. The translations were the result of a team at Rubic Collaborative who has established a youth network and connected different resources in the community to support children on the autism spectrum and their families in creative and sustainable ways.
In 2017, Positive Partnerships collaborated with DiverseWerks NSW, to develop and implement a Multicultural Engagement Strategy. This strategy identified Arabic speaking, Nepali, Somali, Chinese and Indian communities in Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania and Brisbane for tailored workshops delivered in consultation with key community members as part of planning groups over 2018 and 2019.
A number of culturally responsive resources developed in partnership with communities are available in eleven languages. They provide stories, fact sheets on evidence-informed approaches and opportunities for service providers and schools to open the discussion about autism in a culturally safe way.
These resources are available on the Positive Partnerships website.