Our Press release is as follows:
Victorian peak body for the Asperger community, Aspergers Victoria (AV), today announced the appointment of Carla Tatulaschwili as its new General Manager and Sofia Neale as its new Employment Project Manager.
AV President, Tamsin Jowett said both Carla and Sofia come to our organisation with that requisite passion we have for empowering our community. Like our Board, volunteers and small staff team, our new team additions have Aspergers lived experience. This perspective combined with the skills they have grown throughout their impressive careers, and their desire to make positive social change will help AV to continue to focus on delivering community supports through specific skills growth, peer gatherings, advocacy and employment pathways for our Aspergers and their supporters, throughout their life journey.
"Carla's considerable background in communications, fundraising, people and culture will fit well for general management and Sofia's background in research, accounting, finance and project management adds to the depth of our experience and expertise, contributing fresh perspectives and drive to deliver our vision for a sustainable not for profit. We have plans to impact the social isolation and unemployment statistics of our Aspergers members with some exciting new programs, supported by new funding from the ILC and DHHS, as well as the insightful knowledge and support of Social Venture Partners. ” Tamsin commented.
“I'm really going to enjoy working for an organisation that helps to create a world where differences like Autism, Aspergers and Neurodiveristy are accepted and appreciated. I'm looking forward to returning to my not for profit roots and continuing and evolving the fabulous work Aspergers Victoria already does for Aspergers people and their families," said Carla.
Sofia agreed, "Being part of an organisation that has worked tirelessly for almost 30 years to empower Aspergers to discover and celebrate their talent is a dream job."
For almost 30 years, Aspergers Victoria Incorporated (AV) has provided lived experience community support to Aspergers (now diagnosed as 'Autism level 1') and their families in Victoria and across Australia. We focus on creating an inclusive and empowering community for all our Asperger stakeholders whatever the age or gender through a strengths-building mindset. We are the only for purpose organisation dedicated to supporting the estimated 30,000 Victorians with neurology that our community still prefer to call ‘Aspergers’ (currently), as well as their parents/carers/families and professionals who support them. Our primary goal is making a difference through empowerment through building a strengths mindset and delivering key supports through our peer meet-ups for various ages, as well as parents/ carers and partners, Skill building workshops and events, Helpline, and a range of employment supports such as job coaching and work-readiness.