About Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is Australia’s largest service provider for people on the autism spectrum. Our specialised, evidence informed schools program is the largest in the world, with additional services that include information and advice, diagnostic assessments, behaviour support, parent and family support, and adult programs. We share evidence-informed Aspect practice and applied research nationwide.
Autism lasts a lifetime and affects about one in 100 Australians, or 230,000 people. The word 'spectrum' reflects the different challenges that people on the autism spectrum face and the degree to which they may be affected.
Our services provide people on the autism spectrum with the opportunity to realise their unique potential, as well as providing much needed support to their families, carers, friends and colleagues. Our vision is to provide the best possible opportunities for people on the spectrum
Zoe was once so withdrawn from the world that doctors thought she was deaf. At the age of six months, she had stopped reacting to and interacting with the world around her. When she was finally diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, doctors said they had never come across a case like hers before.
When Zoe began receiving support from her Aspect therapist, Steph, everything changed for the better. Slowly, she started to make sense of the world - she looked people directly in the eye, learned to communicate with her parents by pointing and using pictures and was more willing to interact with others.
The vital social and communication skills Zoe gained through her therapy helped her flourish when she started in a pre-school class at an Aspect school. Since then, she has gone from strength to strength. In fact, she has developed so many new skills and overcome so many challenges, that she was able to start kindergarten in an Aspect satellite class in a mainstream school.
Tamara, Zoe’s mum, is overwhelmed at the transformation: “We were told that Zoe might not ever speak, and now you can’t keep her quiet! She proved everyone wrong. We ask questions and she answers us back. She says, ‘Mummy, I love you,’ and I just want to cry with happiness.”
In supporting The Faulding Project, you can help more children like Zoe receive the life-changing therapy they need to prepare for school and look towards a bright and fulfilling future.