29 March 2018
World Autism Awareness Day 2018 – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall
World Autism Day is observed each year on 2nd April. The aim of the day is to bring individual organisations assisting people with Autism Spectrum Disorder from around the world together to aid in research, diagnosis, treatment and generating overall awareness.
A report released by the Council of Australian Governments Disability Reform Council (COAG) in March 2017 states that since the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), “two disability groups dominate the current participant profile, with 65% of active participants having a primary disability of intellectual disability or autism.”
Interchange Australia recognises that each person diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has different talents, strengths and abilities, and through our ASDESI Program (Autism Spectrum Disorder Education Support and Information) and other Interchange Australia services, we offer an extensive range of supports tailored to individual needs. Interchange Australia is proud to support young people with an ASD to feel empowered to develop new skills, be exposed to a vast range of activities and new experiences!
In addition to these activities and services, including the ASDESI Holiday Kids Klub, Interchange Australia also provides assistance to the families who have a child with an ASD through a range of education, support and information services, including the ASDESI monthly Carers’ Network.
The ASDESI Carers network provides a supportive empathic network for parents/carers to optimise their ability to support their children in achieving their full potential to inspire life success! Whilst parents are engaged in each session, children have the opportunity to participate in fun supervised activities including games, art and sport.
We warmly welcome families to our next ASDESI Carers’ Network on Tuesday 24th April to discuss the topic of “Useful Strategies for Life Transitions’.
Interchange Australia would like to thank the Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids (KKKK) and the 4K Ladies Luncheon Committee for their ongoing support of the ASDESI Program.