Welcome to Autism West

itf124004Welcome to Autism West’s website.

We are a family support service and welcome you all to our centre. Pop in for a coffee, browse through our resource centre, or chat to our friendly staff. We welcome any requests or feedback in relation to how we can help support you and your family in your journey with autism.

Autism West is associated with the South West Autism Network (SWAN). SWAN is a not for profit, charitable organisation supporting the families in the south west region of Western Australia living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

We have many activities and programs that are running across 2014. If you require further information or want to register your interest, please contact Gabriella on 6389 1833 or email info@autismwest.org.au.

Silvana Gaglia
President

News and Announcements

Office Closure

During the second week of the school holidays the Office hours will be limited.
Groups run as usual – see the program for group times.

Holiday Office Opening Hours 14th to 18th July 2014
Monday (14th) & Tuesday (15th) – CLOSED
Wednesday (16th) – 9:30am-2pm
Thursday (17th) – CLOSED
Friday (18th) – 9:30am-2pm

You are welcome to email us any queries to info@autismwest.org.au and we will respond to you in due course.

WADO Charity Concert 2014

The WA Doctor’s Orchestra is back again this year for their 7th Annual Charity Concert. Funds from this event will once again help support Autism West.

The event till be held at Fremantle Town Hall at 2.00pm on Sunday, 17th August 2014.

Click here for further details.
Click here for the Flyer.

Abilities Careers Expo

The Abilities Careers EXPO provides information to all students, schools and families on employment, further education and options beyond school, click here for further information, for students with disability.

Click here to see the flyer.

Carer’s Retreat 2014

The 2014 Autism West Carers Retreat applications are now open. Click here to download the form. Once completed submit to Autism West.

For further details please visit the Carer’s Retreat 2014 Event page.

10 places have been made available by generous support from Carers WA and Autism West. Applications are due in by the 31st of July. Make sure you are a member to apply.

Please note: Although there are many worthy Carers out there in need of a break, Autism West only has funding for 10 places. If you are not one of the 10 Carers chosen, we encourage you to re-apply for next year or contact Carers WA for other respite options.

Drawtism

Drawtism is a fun guessing word game which gives players an insight, just for a moment, into the communication challenges faced by people with autism. If you’ve ever played Pictionary, you might remember a time when no matter what you drew, your team just couldn’t guess what you were trying to communicate…. Frustrating, right? That’s how the Drawtism concept came about!

With 1 in 100 Australians being diagnosed with autism, it’s never been more important to raise crucial funds for families impacted by autism. So this June, it’s time to get creative, entertain your guests and sharpen your pencils to make a difference!

Click here view the website for Drawtism.

Race Around Rottnest

Registrations for the 2014 Race Around Rottnest are OPEN!

Make the most of the early bird entry fees. Save the date and let your mates know.
We look forward to seeing you all there!

Chat Time

Chat Time is an adult social group for those with High Functioning Autism or Asperger’s Disorder. We aim to provide men and women with opportunities for social networking, to share experiences and provide support.

Participants must be 18 years and over, interested participants are asked to contact Gabriella at the Autism West Office to ensure that the group is appropriate.

This group is new at Autism West, additional activities (voluntary) may also be also scheduled into the calendar as requested by the group; participants will be expected to pay their own costs at these events. Chat Time will be monthly on a Monday night from 7.30pm-9.30pm at a cost of $5.00 per session, commencing 28th April.

Structure of the group will be; information, chat time, then finishing with refreshments. Rules of the group involve keeping discussions in confidence, respecting others with no judgement and providing information rather than advise.

Raul Raiter (who discovered only recently that he has this ‘Diffability’ too!) ) will be the fortnightly Chat Time group leader and Kylie Rigg (Autism West Board Member/ Psychologist) is the group co-ordinator.

Contact Gabriella on 6389 1833 or email info@autismwest.org.au to enrol.

Click here to view the details of this program

Entertainment™ Book Fundraising

Entertainment™ Memberships are packed with hundreds of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers for the best local restaurants, cafés, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel and much more!

Available as a traditional Entertainment™ Book OR the new Entertainment™ Digital Membership for your Apple or Android device, your Membership gives you over $20,000 worth of valuable offers valid through to 1 June 2015!

Order your new 2014/2015 Perth Entertainment™ Membership from Autism West Support Inc and 20% of your Membership purchase goes towards our fund-raising!

Click here to find out more.
Click here to order now!

Please remember to reference Autism West Support Inc when registering your 2014/2015 Entertainment™ Membership.

Autism Research @ Curtin Uni

Curtin University currently is in need of people with High Functioning Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome, one study focuses on 13 to 17 years old while the other focuses on 18 to 35 year old. There is also another study which is looking for parents of young adults (18-30) with High Functioning Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome.
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Curtin University are looking for people with high functioning Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome, aged between 18 to 35 years who are willing to participate in this study. They are researching balance and how each of us process information, what we see and what we feel to control our balance.

Participates are rewarded with a free movie tickets at the end of the session!

Click here to view the Curtin Autism Research Poster
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Curtin University are looking for teenagers with high functioning Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome, aged between 13 to 17 years who are willing to participate in this study. They are looking at the way teenagers’ eyes move when looking at faces and finding hidden shapes. You can help them learn more about the way teenagers’ eyes move by participating in this study. The results will be combined with teenagers without high functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome to compare the performance and eye movements of the two groups. This technology has been used by many researchers, without any known side effects.

Participates are rewarded with 2 free movie tickets at the end of the session!

Click here to view the Curtin Autism Research Poster
Click here to view the Parent Information Sheet
Click here to view the Teenagers Information Sheet
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What is it like becoming an adult if you have autism?

Becoming an adult can be an exciting, but challenging time. This research project aims to find out what it is like becoming an adult if you have high functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. They would like to find out about your experience as your son or daughter becomes an adult.

For this study they are looking for parents of young people (aged 18‐30) with high functioning autism spectrum disorder or Asperger’s Syndrome.

If you decide to take part, you will be asked to take part in a group discussion with other parents of young people with autism. There will be two parts of the group discussions. The first being an opportunity to raise and discuss issues. While the second being an opportunity to rank the importance of these issues. The groups will run for about two hours at a place that is convenient to you (for example, Autism Association of WA, Autism West or Curtin University).

This is an opportunity for them to find out your opinions and everyone’s viewpoint is valuable.

As a token of their appreciation for participating in this study they would like to give you two adult cinema tickets and to reimburse your travel expenses.

Click here to view the Curtin Autism Research Group Study 1 Flyer

CSMP – Curtin Specialist Mentoring Program

Jointly funded by Autism West and Curtin University to help support students on the Autism Spectrum to realise their life potential.
Click here to view the flyer for CSMP.

Job Vacancy @ Autism West

For all the details on Job Vacancies please click here.

Autism and Asperger’s ECU Research Project

The project explores the link between self esteem, school experience, mental health and depression of teenagers with Autism and Asperger’s Disorder. It also asks you about services you may have used or are using.
Teenagers must have a diagnosis of Autism or Asperger’s Disorder
Teenagers are between the ages of 12 and 17 years old
Teenagers and mothers must be willing to participate in 30-40 minutes of questionnaires.
Click here to view the flyer for the ECU Research Project.

TOBY Playpad

TOBY Playpad is a revolutionary evidence based iPad app that was designed to support the learning needs of children with an ASD. TOBY teaches parents and carers to immediately implement therapy in the home using both on and off iPad activities. It is ideal for children on wait lists or as a tool for home practice. Autism West has partnered with Curtin and Deakin Universities to create the TOBY Playpad (TOBY).

Click here for more details.
Toby Playpad website
Click here for the information booklet

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