Autism Spectrum Australia

Free service for people living with autism

  • Posted: Tue, 23/07/2013 - 2:59pm

Individual Community Access Packages available in the Hunter region

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is launching a free service in the Hunter region, helping people on the spectrum and their families to develop meaningful community connections.

Aspect Individual Community Access Packages will be available to those on the spectrum or other disability, aged between seven and 18 years, who live in Newcastle and the Hunter region. The program will help individuals to become involved with community services or activities of their choice, such as dance classes, music lessons, or sport or recreational clubs.

Craig Smith, Program Coordinator said, “We will work with the individual, their family and carers, and the chosen community organisation to provide a supportive and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

“We provide specialised training to the community organisation to help them to support the needs of the individual, followed by a number of visits with the individual to help them to best access the community organisation of their choice,” Craig continued.

Autism is a lifelong condition that affects around one in 100 Australians. Aspect is a not for profit organisation that provides services and support to individuals, families and health professionals in NSW, Victoria and the ACT through assessments, early intervention, behaviour support, workshops, volunteer support and outreach programs.

Aspect operates a network of eight schools including Aspect Hunter School, which provides educational programs to more than 100 students across the areas of Hunter Valley, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. The school operates from Thornton and has satellite classes in both NSW Department of Education and Training schools and Catholic schools, and is strongly supported by the children’s families and the wider community. The premises in Thornton were completed in 2012 to help fill the growing needs of people who have autism in the region.

Ends: Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is a not-for-profit organisation working in partnership with families and service providers. We provide evidence-based interventions for individual needs, including assessments, early intervention, behaviour support, workshops, volunteer support, and outreach programs, for both children and adults on the spectrum or other disabilities. All programs aim to maximise learning potential, participation and independence.

For more information please contact: Craig Smith - Aspect Individual Community Access Packages csmith@autismspectrum.org.au | 02 4922 5900

Free service for people living with autism