What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing individualised support for people with disability, their families and carers.The NDIS will provide Australians with a permanent and significant disability, with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life. The NDIS provides eligible people a flexible, whole-of-life approach to the support needed to pursue their goals and aspirations and participate in daily life.
From 1 July, 2016, the NDIS will be rolling out in South West Sydney. It will take some time to transition existing clients and HCWA will remain in place until further notice.
How can Autism Advisory and Support Service (AASS) assist you?
AASS is a registered provider under the NDIS and provides services in the following support clusters:
- Assistance with self-care activities
- Assistance to access community, social and recreational activities
- Group based community, social and recreational activities
- Coordination of Supports
- Increased Social and Community Participation
- Improved Relationships – Behaviour Support
- Improved Learning
- Improved Daily Living Skills – Therapy, Early Childhood InterventionsAASS can help answer your questions and provide assistance with your transition or entry into the NDIS.
Already receiving services from AASS?
AASS will continue to work with our clients and their families and carers to support you in achieving your goals through a broad range of high quality, evidence based service options.
Why choose AASS?
AASS offers a wide range of support options for people with Autism. We provide a caring and supportive environment and our services are coordinated in accordance with best practice guidelines to suit the needs of the individual.
Our staff are trained and professional, and are passionate about improving the outcomes and achieving the goals of our clients and their families and carers.
It is important that you start considering your NDIS first year plan early in order to give you enough time to prepare adequately for your planning meeting.
Our staff can meet with you to discuss the NDIS and how it can help you with achieving your goals while accessing the services and supports for now and in the future. We can assist you in considering your future goals, aspirations and desired outcomes, and what supports and services are reasonable and necessary to achieve this.
24 Hour Autism Hotline 1300 222 777
AASS run an Autism 24 Hour Hotline which is run by parent volunteers who have children with Autism. You can call any time of the day or night to chat to someone who can offer service and guidance from a parent's perspective.
For parents and carers waiting for a formal assessment and diagnosis, looking for the right intervention and joining the long waiting lists can be extremely overwhelming, confusing and frustrating. We will help with unbiased advice, encouragement, guidance and support.
We also offer various therapies and assessments.
Families can often feel overwhelmed and alone when faced with questions that Autism brings. Our support groups are designed so we may come together to support one another and share our experiences.
Below you will find further information on each of the groups.
Early Years Therapy and Support Playgroup
This playgroup, for preschool aged children with a diagnosis of ASD, offers the services of an ABA Trained Clinical Psychologist, Occupational Therapist and Speech Therapist. Held on Thursdays during the school term - 10:00am to 11.00am at AASS House, 88 Memorial Avenue, Liverpool. For more information and to register, please call (02) 9601-2844.
Social Skills and Therapy Group
This group is for children aged 7 to 15 with a diagnosis of ASD. Small group sessions are held fortnightly on a Wednesday afternoon between 4-6pm at Liverpool and offers the services of a Psychologist and Occupational Therapist. For more information and to register, please call (02) 9601-2844.
Young Adult Social Group
For Adolescents and Adults diagnosed with ASD, this group is held twice a month in various social settings. The young adults with ASD will learn much craved for social skills from neurotypical peers and mentors. For more information and to register, please call (02) 9601-2844.
We have a range of books, magazines and DVD's on Autism. Please feel free to drop in for a coffee and read a book, or you can take a book with you and enjoy reading at your leisure.
88 Memorial Avenue, Liverpool
The AASS House was opened in 2008 and is the main office of the Autism Advisory & Support Service.
Reception and Toy Store are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 3.30pm.
Therapists are available Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
It has four therapy rooms and a playground that has been specifically designed for children with Autism. There are many other helpful resources at the AASS House, but one of its most important roles is for it to be a place families can come for information an support. With high, secured fences and it's beautiful play area, it's a great place to come and know that your child is safe.