5th April 2016
World Autism Awareness Day – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Rebecca Lackenby
World Autism Day is held 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 of those with the disorder and those looking for help.
Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects, among other things, the way an individual relates to his or her environment and their interaction with other people.
Interchange Australia participated with information stalls at Springett Arcade in Bowral on 1st April and Highland Marketplace in Mittagong on 2nd April to provide people with information about its ASDESI Program (Autism Spectrum Disorder Education Support & information). The ASDESI Program provides a range of services for families caring for a young person with autism (up to the age of 18 years of age) and is funded by the Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids (KKKK).
The KKKK is a not-for-profit organisation that raise funds to support children and young people with special needs in the Wingecarribee Shire. Members of the KKKK presented a cheque to representatives of Interchange Australia on 1st April for the sum of $50,000. The money was raised from the 2015 KKKK Ladies Lunch and the annual KKKK/ASDESI Goulburn to Bowral bike ride.
Each year since 2008, the ASDESI program has supported over 33 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Not only has ASDESI supported those children, but it has immensely supported the families of those children, bringing normality into their families. The ongoing support from the KKKK has enabled the ASDESI Program to provide ongoing assistance to these children and families. Thank you very much to the KKKK for your ongoing support.
For more information about the ASDESI Program, call 1300 112 334 or visit the ASDESI Facebook page.