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  • 21 Jun 2022 9:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Autism@Parliament week: this week Parliament is celebrating FIVE years since we held the Inquiry into Autism Services which started a new collaborative approach across our community organisations towards some key goals towards change.

    At AV our key drivers are delivering community peer-designed & delivered programs & support to:

    - continue to grow autistic social inclusion & belonging using our 32 years of peer group expertise

    - improve autistic employment to change the >40% unemployment pathways: with peer job coaching & supported work experience with employer educational support

    Please donate to support change for our niche autistics here: www.aspergersvic.org.au/donate

  • 13 May 2022 7:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We need you to put your hand up to help support our community events. This role is great experience for your CV or as a way to contribute to a better world for our autistics. Our Volunteers receive a bundle of benefits as well as that essential feel-good factor from supporting for-purpose charity activities. For more details please email admin@aspergersvic.org.au


  • 13 May 2022 7:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Career Coaching Role: we need a part-time Coach to dedicate the ongoing growth and expanding impacts of our Neurodivergent Career Coaching Program. Someone with autistic lived experience preferred. Please email gm@aspergersvic.org.au


  • 13 May 2022 7:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are updating our existing Child Safety approaches each month and our team are working towards the wonderful new National Guidelines coming out this July. Our commitment is that: Keeping children safe & respecting diversity is everyone's responsibility. 

    We welcome your feedback in whatever way you wish to provide it including from our teens and under 18s in how we support their safety, inclusion and wellbeing. This includes our neurodivergent participant's  needs, as well as the needs of our various gender identities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. 

    So you know AV is committed to child safety, wellbeing, participation and empowermentin all we do. This extends to cultural respect and acceptance of diverse needs including autistic, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and LGBTQIA.  

    • AV has zero tolerance for child abuse;.
    • AV supports and respects the right of all children to feel valued and to be safe;.
    • AV seeks to promote, respect and protect the rights of all children attending our activities and prevent abuse from occurring by fostering a child safe culture;.
    • AV has systems and measures in place to try and ensure the respect, wellbeing and safety of children; and.
    • AV is committed to promoting and protecting the safety and wellbeing of all children using our services and to fair, effective and efficient safety processes 
    • AV welcomes ALL feedback about our approaches including from children: please email Jenni,or call or speak to one of our team or please  message us on our social media . 
    Please let us know if you can assist us with ensuring we can meet our vision for child safety and wellbeing in our community. 
  • 10 Feb 2022 8:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From our Department of Education team:

    Dear parents and carers

    • The return to school and face-to-face learning for 2022 has been a fantastic milestone for children, families, and schools across Victoria.

      The Department of Education and Training has worked closely with the Department of Health to ensure schools are as safe as possible, providing air purifiers for improved classroom ventilation and supporting vital COVIDSafe steps, including regular rapid antigen testing, mask wearing and physical distancing.

      Aspergers Victoria is joining the call to encourage as many families as possible to vaccinate children aged 5 to 11.

      Even though COVID-19 is mild in most children, vaccination is important to prevent longer term complications and serious illness that can still occur for some children. 

      Helping your child get vaccinated is an important step we can all take to give children direct protection against COVID-19 and even more so for children with underlying health conditions.

      Bookings for children aged 5 to 11 to receive their Pfizer vaccine are now open and, as of 9 February, just over 50 per cent of 5- to 11-year-olds have been vaccinated.

      This is a great start, and we want to see as many of our primary school students as possible achieve the protection that vaccination offers.

      Along with improved individual protection, high rates of vaccination mean there is less chance of school closures – meaning less disruption to face-to-face learning and more time for children to be with their friends. This is particularly important as we move into Autumn and the Winter months.

      How it works

      Vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11 are delivered at two appointments, usually 8 weeks apart. For children with disability and pre-existing underlying health conditions, they may be able to get their second dose after 3 weeks so that these children can be fully protected sooner.

      The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has advised that this includes children with:

    • ·       Down syndrome
    • ·       Cerebral palsy
    • ·       Muscular Dystrophy
    • ·       Severe disability that requires frequent assistance with daily living, which includes some autistic children and children with rare genetic disorders
    • ·       Heart disease and chronic lung disease, including those regularly hospitalised for asthma
    • ·       Cancer and survivors of childhood cancer

    Parents and carers can determine if their child is medically at risk and book a second dose if their child requires full protection sooner.  

    For further information please review the full list of disability and medical conditions

    Children aged 5 years and over who are severely immunocompromised can also receive three primary doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. This third dose can be provided 2 to 6 months after the second dose.

    To book an appointment

    You can book an appointment now for your children at a doctor’s clinic or any pharmacy on the Australian Government’s Clinic Finder website, visit healthdirect.gov.au)

    You can also book at a family-friendly vaccination centre by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or by booking online: https://portal.cvms.vic.gov.au/

    Appointments are also available at Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations. 

    Support for students with disability or special requirements 

    There is extra support for students with disability and specialist requirements to access COVID-19 vaccinations. 

    The Victorian Government is supporting people with disability to access COVID-19 vaccinations through the Disability Liaison Officers (DLO).  The Disability Liaison Officers provide free specialised support to children and adults across Victoria with a disability or special requirements, as well as their families and carers.  

    They can help you with:

    ·       Longer appointments

    ·       Strategies for needle phobia

    ·       Bookings at low sensory and disability accessible centres

    ·       Vaccination at home

    You can contact a Disability Liaison Officer by:

    The Victorian Government’s coronavirus.vic.gov.au website also has  information about COVID-19 vaccines in many community languages

  • 17 Aug 2021 2:15 PM | Anonymous member

    Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 15 November at 7.30pm via Zoom.  Please mark this in your calendars now.  More details (including registration links) will be shared closer to the day.

  • 3 Aug 2021 4:27 PM | Anonymous member

    Aspergers Victoria has once again been invited to apply for invitations on behalf of our members to the very popular Melbourne Special Children's Christmas Party. This years event is planned to be held on Saturday 4 December 2021 from 10.30am - 1pm at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

    Pending government COVID-19 regulations, a three hour stage show is planned to entertain the children and parents. There will be activities such as merry go-rounds, jumping castles, face painting, food, drinks, and ice creams. Of course, no Christmas party is complete without Santa and presents!

    To be eligible to request an invitation you need:

    • a current membership with Aspergers Victoria

    • your child must be 12 years or under and have an Aspergers/autism diagnosis.

    For more information and to register your interest please complete the Expression of Interest form  before Friday 20 August.


  • 3 Aug 2021 3:45 PM | Anonymous member

    AV is closely following the Victorian government COVID-19 requirements. We have developed and are regularly updating our COVID-Safe Plan to help keep our staff, volunteers and members safe and minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.  These guidelines apply to all of our in-person gatherings, including group meetings, workshops, interest groups, and AV speaker events.

    AV’s COVIDSafe plan includes information about:

    • what you can expect at an AV COVIDSafe gathering

    • what you need to bring with you to a gathering

    • registering for in person gatherings

    • refreshments at AV gatherings
    • checking in at venues with the venue's QR code 

    We encourage you to read our AV COVIDSafe Plan - July 2021 before you attend in-person events at AV in 2021.

    Please note that Victorian government advice may change at short notice. 


  • 13 Mar 2021 10:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In line with our current funding guidelines our activities are all COVID safe. Watch this space as we have started our return to Face2face supports including peer groups, interest groups, mentor meets and events - and more across 2021...


  • 4 Mar 2021 8:58 PM | Anonymous member

    Congratulations to our 30th Birthday Raffle winners!

    1st PRIZE
    Kloudsac Urban

    C White
    Ticket Number: #464

    2nd PRIZE
    $250 worth of Menulog vouchers

    H Wood
    Ticket Number: #595

    3rd PRIZE  
    $200 worth of Bayside dinners - Bang Bang and Mama Franca's

    M Craig
    Ticket Number: #202

    4th PRIZE
    Scienceworks Family Pass and 9 month ABC Reading Eggs access

    M Walters
    Ticket Number: #140

    5th PRIZE
    Spectrum Women Book Pack - Walking to the Beat of Autism and Autism and Parenting

    K Grist
    Ticket Number: #101

    6th PRIZE
    Spectrum Women Book Pack - Walking to the Beat of Autism and Autism and Parenting
    M Nelson

    Ticket Number: #252

    7th PRIZE
    Spectrum Women Book Pack - Walking to the Beat of Autism and Autism and Parenting
    A Todd
    Ticket Number: #244


    8th PRIZE
    Gewürzhaus Gift Pack – 30 Minute Marvels
    E Cookson
    Ticket Number: #388

    Thank you to our amazing sponsors who so generously donated all of our raffle prizes.

    Thank you to everyone who bought a few raffle tickets. Your support allows Aspergers Victoria (AV) to continue to provide a wide range of community inclusion services to support Aspergers - from kids to adults, parents/carers, professionals and employers - to connect, share stories and advice, listen, learn, laugh, have fun, gain employment, discover their strengths and empower them to thrive. Thank you! 

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