Wests Tigers partner with Autism Spectrum Australia
Wests Tigers are proud to launch a new partnership with Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), one of the country’s largest service provider for people on the autism spectrum.
As a part of the new agreement Wests Tigers has agreed to work with Aspect to assist with fundraising and awareness campaigns, as well as providing exclusive opportunities for the organisation.
The club provided the first of those opportunities at the Easter Monday game at ANZ Stadium, with an Autism Friendly Room made available for Aspect students and their families.
The Autism Friendly Room provided a controlled space for children on the autism spectrum, and their parents and carers, to be able to experience an NRL game, something they may not have been able to do otherwise.
Wests Tigers Foundation Manager Shaun Spence said that the club looked forward to working closely with Aspect.
“It’s great to be able to partner with an organisation such as Aspect to assist them in building awareness and raising funds to support the great work that they do,” said Spence. “On top of that we’re thrilled to be able to provide an experience that someone with autism may not otherwise be able to have with the Autism Friendly Room at ANZ Stadium.”
Aspect CEO, Adrian Ford, said he was grateful to Wests Tigers for their support and welcomed the decision to provide Autism Friendly Rooms at the ANZ stadium at the Easter Monday game.
“For an individual on the autism spectrum visiting many public places and events can be challenging, but by making just a few minor adjustments and providing an autism friendly space you open up a new world for these individuals and their families.
“Aspect believes all Australians, including those on the autism spectrum, should have the opportunity to access and be included in community events in a safe and meaningful way.
“We are looking forward to working with Wests Tigers on other opportunities to make Australia more autism friendly,” Mr Ford said.
Aspect is Australia’s largest service provider for people on the autism spectrum, with their specialised, evidence informed schools program the largest in the world. Aspect also provide additional services that include information and advice, diagnostic assessments, behaviour support, parent and family support, and adult programs.
Wests Tigers is encouraging its members and supporters to show their support for Aspect by donating to its major fund raising event, Walk for autism.