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The roll out of SASI's new client information management tool, Supportability is underway. Staff have been inputting data, filling out forms, uploading paperwork and in general making sure all the information regarding the people we care about is available across the organisation.

Storage of the information is on 'cloud' servers which are protected by state of the art security while making it available to staff regardless of where they are. So if they are at a day service, house, shopping centre, park, camp or the beach, the important information about who they care for is available. To access this in the easiest way iPads have been bought and are currently being set up and delivered around the organisation.

Once Supportability is fully operational, staff will be able to share information between shifts in an easier and clearer way and consequently spend more time caring and having fun with those we care about most, making their lives even more enriching.

Jarrod and his mum Diane, went to visit Jarrod's old school
at Mansfield and had lunch out at a cafe

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More about Goal Mastery

Goal Mastery is explained by our project manager Tania with a feature on the Grafton Matters Blog. Tania has spent a lot of time moving between our Houses and Day Services getting to know every one and has put together a comprehensive report. Read it here.

New signs going up at Gippsland

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Getting in uniform!

SASI staff support girls education.

Beachlynn staff Renee and Kate ably led by Christian, plan to wear a school dress at work on Friday 19th September. This is to raise money to educate girls in Sierra Leone.

Girls in Sierra Leone are likely to be married at age 12 and pregnant at age 15, they are more likely to be sexually assaulted than complete secondary education. 

When women are educated, and participating equally in society, entire economies of countries are significantly increased, leading to better outcomes for all.

It keeps generations of girls and women out of poverty. .. Educate a girl, and change the worldRead more about Do It In a Dress, and donate to the the team HERE.

Renee and Christian trying it on.

Renee, Kate and Christian ready to dress-up for a good cause.

Have your say: A public forum for adults with ASD

Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, located at  LaTrobe University are running a forum about Adults and Adolescents with ASD in regard to research and services and future directions. It will be held on Wednesday 8th October, find out more on their website

Books are essential, but whether attending or not you are encourgaged to complete this survey

And another...

The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) is conducting an online survey to investigate families' experiences of the pathway to an ASD diagnosis in Australia - investigating factors that can help a family access a timely diagnosis for their child and things that can make this more difficult. 
By understanding barriers and enablers to the early identification of autism in Australia - this research could help lead to improvements in service delivery in the future.  We need as many parents as possible to participate and share their experience of diagnosis.
If you are a parent/caregiver of a children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder since 2008, please fill out the online survey. You can also  Contact Cathy Bent for more information or to obtain a paper-copy of the study.
Visit OTARC's blog to participate to hear Cathy talk about this research study and her recent work Mapping Autism Diagnosis in Australia.
Cathy Bent, PhD Candidate
Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre

Bus washing at Gippsland with Randy, Damien, Justin and Mick.

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New App for Autism 

Raising Children Network, have created an Autism and Disability App. Available for Apple devices available on iTunes and Android on Google Play .

It includes a services map tool for your area, funding and support information as well as parents’ videos and lots more.

Art Scholarship

The Lesley Hall Arts and Disability Scholarship is an annual scholarship offered by Arts Access Victoria (AAV) which recognises the power of the arts to influence social change. It honours the life and activism of the late Lesley Hall, a tireless advocate for the human rights of people with a disability.
Read more on their website and the Frequently Asked Questions to see if you might be eligible.

James (in his new shirt) and Admire from Mordialloc House heading off
for the SASI Art  Exhibition

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Thank you

To the Baxter Freemasons...
For their generous donation of $1000 to Beachlynn.

To Scanbrands...
For an awesome donation of $300 to Swonnell House.

To Simon Tissera...
For his stupendous donation of $200 to Swonnell House for BBQ supplies for their fundraising sausage sizzles.


To our new Finance Manager...
Irena Lyashov, who comes to us with many years of experience and knowledge.

To our new Accommodation Services Manager...
Mike Lane. Starting on the 29th September, Mike has been House Manager at Cheltenham and comes into the role with lots of experience, enthusiasm and ideas for innovation.

Belinda from Cheltenham House and Malcolm from Springvale House out for a BBQ

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Articles online

Social Media Part 1 – Parents of autistic children need to think twice before posting
by Paddy-Joe Moran, Autism Daily Newscast, 11 August 2014 [4/9/2014]  Part 1 of 4

Children with autism have extra brain synapses
ABC Science, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 22 August 201 [15/9/2014]

Adults with ASD choose to become small businesses owners due to challenges in mainstream workplaces
by News In Brief, Autism Daily Newscast, 18 August 2014 [4/9/2014]

Youth with disabilities learning job skills to prepare for workforce
by Laura Gartry, News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 27 August 2014 [28/8/2014]

Pilot study of socially-assistive robots that help children with autism to learn imitative behavior
Medical News Today, 2 September 2014 [4/9/2014]

Changes in ADNP gene may be among the most common causes of autism
Medical News Today, 2 September 2014 [4/9/2014]

Economic study confirms growth in autism
Science Daily, 9 September 2014 [11/9/2014]

Tipping the balance of behavior: Neurons found that control social behavior may have implications for autism
Science Daily, 11 September 2014 [15/9/2014]

Autism sets back families $35,000 a year, WA study finds
By Rebecca Trigger, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 15 September 2014 [15/9/2014]

Man with autism breaks unusual world record and raises almost £4,500 for The National Autistic Society.
National Autistic Society, August 2014  [16/9/2014]

A cool Richard G. watering the plants in the Langwarrin House backyard.

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