Join with Wests Tigers forward Russell Packer as he takes part in the 2018 Walk for Autism — raising money to provide quality, autism-specific education.
Packer is raising money to support the Aspect South East Sydney School, one of many Aspect Schools throughout New South Australia which offer a range of services and support.
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
Autism lasts a lifetime and affects about one in 100 Australians, or 250,000 people.
The word ‘spectrum’ reflects the different challenges that people on the autism spectrum face and the degree to which they may be affected.
Autism can impair social interaction, communication and behaviour, making participation in education, employment and relationships challenging. You can’t tell a person has autism by their outward appearance, which can make it difficult for both the person on the spectrum and those they are interacting with. Whether it’s at school, at work or in social settings, people with autism are often misunderstood.
Without support, people on the spectrum can experience isolation, anxiety, frustration and confusion – difficulties made worse by a lack of community understanding.
The problem grows each year as an increasing number of people are diagnosed.
Established in 1966, Aspect is Australia’s largest autism-specific service provider. Our vision is to create a world where everyone on the autism spectrum is treated with respect, included in the everyday, can build meaningful relationships and connections and given opportunities to thrive – so they won’t get left behind.
Aspect offer a range of specialist services, and adapt them to the different needs of the individuals we support. Aspect support people throughout the life stages, from early years to adulthood. Aspect also provide much needed support to their families, carers, friends and colleagues.
Their services include:
- Information and advice
- Diagnostic assessment
- Early intervention programs
- A network of autism-specific schools and classes
- Educational outreach
- Positive behaviour support
- Parent and family support networks
- Adult programs
- Parent education and professional development workshops
- Employment services and mentoring
If you, or someone you know is on the autism spectrum and need support or advice, please contact Aspect via www.autismspectrum.org.au or 1800 277 328.