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 with autism are accepted, celebrated and supported in Western Australia. We will do this by delivering social groups with a strengths based approach. We will use special interests to motivate individuals and provide opportunities to socially engage with others.
Autism West, formerly known as FOCAS Incorporated (Focus on Children within the Autism Spectrum), was formed in 2001. The group aimed 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. FOCAS became a household name to families affected by autism, and in 2008 was re-branded to Autism West Support Incorporated.
Autism West became a registered NDIS service provider in December 2017.
Autism West is a Western Australian not-for-profit providing unique opportunities for young people on the autism spectrum. 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 annual events such as the annual Autism West Symposium, the must-see event for individuals on the autism spectrum, their family members, carers, health professionals, educators, service providers and researchers in Western Australia.
Autism West partnered with Curtin and Deakin Universities, resulting in development of a ground-breaking autism therapy app called TOBY (Therapy Outcomes By You). TOBY is 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 children with autism 2-4 years of age. TOBY is now managed by Deakin University.
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.