Autism symposium plan for November
PARENTS with autistic children can attend an Autism West-organised symposium after the Mosman Park community group got a $19,850 LotteryWest grant from Cottesloe MLA Colin Barnett last Wednesday.
“We’ll be covering issues including behaviour, sexuality and diagnosis of autism, and the grant will pay for accommodation for people to attend the symposium in November,” Autism West chief executive Alison Davis said.
With greater awareness of autism, pressure is growing on the 2008-created group that helps about 90 children, teenagers and young adults daily get social and practical skills.
“A lot of these kids make it to school or university, but struggle there because they don’t have the social skills and connections with a group,” Ms Davis said.
Autism West has 600 families on its books, relies on fundraising for its $500,000 budget, and gets no direct State Government funding.
Ms Davis said it was trying to broaden the support available to young autism sufferers by tapping into those services provided to mainstream schools.
Autism West’s services for older students include a recently created robotics and computer coding workshop, and an autism therapy application for iPads developed with Curtin and Deakin universities. More information on Rethinking Autism symposiumin November can be found at www.autismwest.org.au.
Autism sufferer and Autism West IT staff member Scott Sadler showing Cottesloe MLA Colin Barnett the use of computer coding and robotics.