We heard Chantelle's story of her two beautiful children... Chantelle is also the Vice President of the Richmond Executive Commitee of the Autism and Aspergers Support Group Inc.
Who are they?
Operating since 1998, this support group is run by volunteer parents. On their website they state:
"Our ideals were - and still are - for parents, carers, and individuals to come together to help and support each other by sharing stories and to give or seek advice. We welcome all new members - families and/or individuals - who wish to come to our Support Group meetings, our organised events and activities and our social groups."
- They meet monthly in Richmond and Burwood, NSW. At the meetings they have guest speakers, or "a general chat where we can bounce ideas off each other and realise we are not alone." They have hosted Professor Tony Attwood, who has done much research into Aspergers Syndrome and related therapies. Wendy Lawson is also a patron of the group.
- They provide information about other support services in the area, including social groups for teens, playgroups and so on. See their web page for more information on this.
- A well stocked library for members
- A member newsletter with personal stories, "what's on", contact details of other groups etc.
How to become a Member
Membership is $20 per year. This gives you access to the library (including our soon to be added DVD of the March 2010 Professor Tony Attwood 2 day conference) and discounted entry fees when applicable to guest speakers. You will also recieve the monthly newsletter.
To find out more visit their website or facebook group.