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Our vision is empower Aspergers to discover their inspiration. As part of this we believe that providing a community which understands and accepts Aspergers is critical to discover meaningful and connected futures.
Our mission is to empower Aspergers to have the confidence to realise their own strengths, abilities, dreams and ambitions - and with that independence - while managing challenges across their lives. This empowerment comes from our community of peers, and educating the communities in which we live. This mission is based around four key pillars:
1. Peer groups meetings
2. Information about Aspergers, supports and opportunities
3. Educational events/presentations, and
4. Employment readiness and linkages.
These pillars are supported by our focused advocacy on our community's behalf. We are the only for purpose organisation focused on the specific needs of Aspergers.
Our Board all have lived experience of Aspergers either being an Asperger, has a close family member that is Aspergers or is a professional working closely with the Aspergers Community. Our Board are also volunteers who contribute their own time to support social change and support our Aspergers community.
Tamsin Jowett - President
Tamsin Jowett is a governance and coaching professional who has worked internationally with BP in Corporate Affairs (including CSR) and with London brand agency LSW. Tamsin is a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, an ICF Coach, qualified Patient Advocate and holds a Masters in Marketing from London as well as previously practising as a lawyer. Tamsin is passionate about driving change for our community.
Tamsin has enjoyed a whole life with Aspergers family members and friends. Tamsin is passionate about empowering our Aspergers and has been supporting AV for over 10 years.
AMANDA NIVEN - SECRETARY
Amanda has over 20+ years’ experience working for professional services firms and providing strategic and operational management in the teams she leads.
Amanda is passionate about advocating for and raising awareness of Aspergers in the wider community.
In her spare time, Amanda spends the majority of her time with her husband and two daughters and enjoying all that one of the world’s most livable cities has to offer!
David Cox - treasurer
Kevin Kennedy - VP & Technology Co-ordinator
Kevin Kennedy (B.Eng Communications & Computing, Grad Dip. Technology Management) is the father of children with Aspergers. He has held senior executive roles in various networking and communications organisations including Amazon.com, AAPT, Motorola and Telstra. He is responsible for the technology and communications platforms that support Aspergers Victoria.
Kevin has been on our Board over 4 years and as well as managing our technology needs, has supported our Teen peer meetings.
GAYLE VERMONT - BOARD MEMBER
Gayle Vermont has a BA, B.B.Sc. (Hons), MSW and has had over 40 years experience in a wide spectrum of disability services with the Victorian government, non-for- profit agencies and her own private consultancy and counselling business. Gayle has worked in all areas of disability including accommodation, employment and education services as well as worked with all types of disability including, physical, sensory, intellectual, psychiatric and acquired brain injury.
Gayle is committed to creating a more inclusive and respectful world for all people particularly those who are neurodiverse. She wants to encourage the empowerment of Aspies whom she hopes will one day be ‘out and proud’, understood by all and the envy of all non-Aspies!
MARK SOLONSCH- BOARD MEMBER
Mark Solonsch is a former small business owner, author and employee with 25 years’ experience advising and working for leading Australian companies.