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Aspect opens first autism - specific assessment centre in Victoria

18 February 2019

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Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) today launched its new Therapy and Assessment Clinic in Flemington – offering its autism-specific assessments to Victorians for the first time.

Matt Donnelly, former Aspect National Director, NDIS Services and Strategic Partnering, said the new clinic aimed to meet an ever-growing need for autism-specific assessment and therapy services in Victoria.

“We know that due to a growing awareness of autism in our society, that there is a much greater need for specialised autism-specific services such as the ones being offered at our new clinic,” said Mr Donnelly

“And a growing awareness of how autism can present is also leading to a complete change in the nature of assessments, with an increasing number of girls, and older adults whose autism was not recognised as children, seeking a diagnosis.

With more people being diagnosed than ever before, assessment centres such as the one we are opening today, play an important role in supporting people on the spectrum and their families – and having these two autism-specific services housed together makes a lot of sense when you consider the important role an early assessment and diagnosis has in introducing vital early intervention therapies.”

Mr Donnelly went on to say that Aspect was Australia's largest autism-specific service provider that had been partnering with people on the autism spectrum, and their families for over 50 years.

“Aspect opened its first Therapy services in Victoria in 2010, with just four staff. Today we have more than 120 staff and nine office locations operating in Victoria, providing a range of services for people of all ages – including: occupational therapy, early Intervention & positive behaviour support, respite services for children and young adults, social groups, employment services, special education and now assessments and diagnosis.

An expansion like this, in such a short time and in such a fast-changing sector reflects the commitment of our team to have NDIS services in place that will make a genuine difference to people on the autism spectrum,” Mr Donnelly said.

For further information contact: Liza Cassidy, National Communications Manager - M: 0429 390 737

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