Vision / Mission
Friends of Autism was started in 2005 by one family with a view to informing and helping other families in the same situation. The Marlow family found little practical and useful home assistance by Service Providers and no services focused on the family as a whole. After successfully writing and managing individual programs for their three Autistic children they wanted to share their techniques, experiences, resources and information.
What started as an in home operation has gone to a Chartiy supported by many volunteers and donors and employs 5 people and is expanding rapidly. With the Trustee Company now being a Service Provider in their own right they are able to access a wider client base and offer a greater range of services to clients.
With the need for services being so high and such a diverse range of issues which need to be addressed, researched, planned and actioned within the Autism Community it is important for the organisation to have a very firm strategic plan to ensure that the quality of services delivered is always maintained and the generous donations of supporters is used in the most efficient way.
The Charity has tax deductibility status (all donations over $2 are tax deductible) and is governed by a Trust Deed of which the not for profit organisation Vision Equity Life Centres Pty Ltd is the Trustee. A Board of 5 Members is responsible for the overall direction and distribution of funding and there is a dedicated team of volunteers on the fundraising committee to ensure the succession of the fund. There are comprehensive policy, procedures, quality control systems and strategic planning in place throughout the organisation governing every part of our operation.
To provide practical knowledge and services to families affected by the Autism Spectrum Disorder. We value willingness and commitment of our families to put in personal effort to enrich the lives of their children, themselves and those around them. We are helping families to help themselves.
To be a self funded and independent organisation dedicated to supporting the changing needs of families affected by Autism. Promoting independence, knowledge and self help.