Our social groups provide young individuals on the autism spectrum a place to connect, build friendships and learn.
We’re committed to promoting and highlighting the unique talents and strengths of our members to the community and how much value they can contribute.
Using a strengths-based approach centred around special interest projects and diverse social groups, our overall aim is to engage and motivate participants and build feelings of self-worth.
We ensure our social groups reflect the diversity, individuality, interests and the rights of our individual members, which is why our groups are developed, planned, and facilitated with active involvement of group members and Autism West staff.
Together, we identify interests and establish goals, planning how to achieve these together. Members then discuss and plan future sessions, which can include incursions, community outings, special guests, and special interest projects.
We help our members achieve:
- Specific skills development – for example coding, film making, robotics, cooking, art, digital media
- Developing social skills
- Using technology
- Building friendships
- Developing leadership skills
- Becoming a youth / autism advocate
- Building resilience
- Participating in community activities
As of July 2017, we will offer a range of social groups tailored to the interests of our members on the autism spectrum in Marangaroo, Fremantle and Claremont.
These groups are great places to develop friendships while enjoying various activities, meals and excursions that they collectively plan, and where possible, we support the delivery of special projects such as coding, music, art and film-making.
For instance, in 2017 one of our Step Into Social groups launched their very own documentary! Check out the trailer below!