Autism West is here to help.
A community where young Western Australians with autism are accepted, celebrated and supported.
Our mission is to deliver quality services to young Western Australians with autism to enable them to connect successfully with others and the world around them.
Our vision is to build a community where young people on the autism spectrum are accepted, celebrated and supported in Western Australia. We will do this by delivering social groups that have a strengths based approach utilising special interests to motivate individuals and provide opportunities to socially engage with others.
The social and communication challenges our members face mean many of our young people experience social isolation and bullying which poses a significant mental health risk for later life, with depression being the most common diagnosis in adolescents and adults with autism. Our approach ensures that participants are given the chance to develop their interests and abilities which have positive effects on increased social engagement, opportunities for success and increased resilience.
Autism West, formally known as FOCAS Incorporated (Focus on Children within the Autism Spectrum), was formed in 2001 to support families and raise funds for resources to support Early Intervention Therapy. FOCAS slowly grew from 20 members to 200 members, with the membership base spread across the Perth metropolitan area and some country areas. Over the years, FOCAS became a household name to families affected by autism, and in 2008 was re-branded to Autism West Support Incorporated.
Who We Are
Autism West is a Western Australian not-for-profit providing unique opportunities for children, teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum to gain skills and experience, enabling them to connect successfully with others and the world around them. We aim to motivate them, build their strengths, and provide a platform for achieving great things. Together, we develop projects that engage and challenge, teaching them skills for life.
Autism West runs a variety of highly successful social groups, including the Telethon Holiday Makers Program for ages 5-18, Awesome Group for ages 10-15, YES Group for ages 13-18, Step into Social for ages 18-30, and special interest programs such as Coding, Music and Visual Arts. They also coordinate events such as the annual Autism West Symposium, to ensure families have access to the latest information.
Our partnership with Curtin and Deakin Universities has resulted in a ground-breaking new autism therapy app called TOBY (Therapy Outcomes By You), an early intervention app designed to teach parents how to easily embed autism therapy into their daily routine. The play based activities are aimed at 2-4 year old children with autism.
Run by a volunteer Board, Autism West relies on corporate support, donations and project grants to offer its services as they receive no Government operational funding.