6 April 2017
Autism Spectum Disorder Education & Information (ASDESI) Update – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall
Recently, representatives from the Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids (KKKK) presented a cheque for $50,000 to go towards the Autism Spectrum Disorder Education Support & Information (ASDESI) program. These funds were raised from the 2016 Ladies Luncheon, an annual event where women gather to show their support for this very valuable service for families with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The ASDESI program was conceived in 2008 in response to families with children with ASD needing support. The KKKK and Interchange Australia worked together to develop a range of services to meet the needs of these families. ASDESI is funded by the KKKK and managed by Interchange Australia with all funding received from the KKKK going directly to service provision.
Since the inception of ASDESI, the program has provided assistance to over 30 families per year with a child with ASD. ASDESI is unique as it provides a holistic approach assisting not only the child but also providing support to family members to enable them to better manage the complexities that come with ASD.
ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impairs a child’s ability to communicate and interact with others. It also includes restricted repetitive behaviors, interests and activities. These issues cause significant impairment in social, occupational and other areas of functioning.
The ASDESI program provides coordinated programmes including an eligibility assessment, early intervention, respite and in-home and social support for families with a child with ASD. These services enable the families to cope better in daily life. The activities are designed to meet the needs of a child with ASD by assisting them to function better socially through programs that target communication skills and behaviour.
On behalf of everyone at Interchange Australia, we thank the KKKK for their ongoing support of the ASDESI program, as without their support ASDESI would not exist.