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Tim Richardson MLA (Mordialloc), Cr Sandra Mayer (Mayor  of Frankston), Hon. Bruce Billson MP (Dunkley), Malcolm Fisher, Sonya Kilkenny MLA (Carrum).

SASI Lights It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day

This year’s World Autism Awareness Day event was held at Cube37, Frankston Arts Centre, on Thursday 2nd April. A great event, supported by an enthusiastic crowd, it was wonderful to see so many SASI clients there and their parents and carers, as well as Ms Sonya Kilkenny MLA (Carrum) and Mr Tim Richardson MLA (Mordialloc) who took time out of their busy schedules to support SASI on the night.

This year we had a number of speakers and some live more


Mayor of Frankston, Cr Sandra Mayer.

Malcolm Fisher with Hon. Bruce Billson MP (Dunkley).

The Cube Gallery

The Frankston Arts Centre theatre fly.

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News from the houses...

Langwarrin: is having a new fence built. It will help to create a new car space and increase security.

Springvale:  has a new washing machine and dishwasher. One of the clients, Ben, is learning how to use them with the Goal Mastery system. Ben is impressing the staff with his quick learning.
Swonnell: 12 new clients have recently been introduced to Swonnell House and this has gone well. There are also two returning clients.

Cheltenham: Peter is transitioning into Beachlynn. His Initial visits have gone well and Peter is happy. Also, Stasi who often doesn't like to go out went to a disco and enjoyed herself.

Stasi at the disco

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a Client Camp!

Clare from Cheltenham house, solving puzzles.

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Our move

SASI has leased a suitable office space in the heart of Frankston's Central Activities District (CAD). 
Level 1, 54-58 Wells Street Frankston.
PO Box 11271, Frankston VIC 3199

Some client programs will be run from two spacious rooms facing Wells Street which gives much needed room to the clients remaining at Beachlynn. The entrance for this is from Wells Street while Head Office staff and visitors will enter from White Street Mall.

The phone number will remain unchanged, and a date for the move will be confirmed soon.

Belinda from Cheltenham House went to Totem by Cirque Du Soleil

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Thank you

To Madison...
for the fabulous laptop.

An unexpected call to Kath,  brought Madison a year 7 student from Mentone Girls Grammar School to our office. Madison kindly donated a beautiful, and 'appropriately coloured ' laptop to SASI. 
Madison won the laptop in a competition for business design and innovation and wanted to donate her prize to be used by others and chose SASI as the recipient.

To the Gippsland Staff...
for their adaptability in a particularly changeable environment over the past few months, and putting clients first in the process.


New Gipplsand clients...
Gippsland would like to welcome new clients Robyn and Amanda.

Gippsland have Leonie and Kylie, two students, attending for their 120 hour component of their Cert IV in Disability. Gippsland staff will give both students, lots of knowledge and first hand experience to be excellent support staff when they finish their training.

Amy from Frankston House on the steps, under the clocks, on Flinders Street Station.

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Webinar: Tips for families and carers
Wednesday 29 April 2015 1pm-2pm

More information here:

It’s audit time again….

SASI is having a surveillance audit conducted by SAI Global on the 27th – 29th April.  SASI has always performed well in our audit process having achieved certification against the DHS standards in October 2013.  This year our performance will be measured using 2 sets of standards, The DHS Standards and the National Standards for Disability Services.

The DHS standards will be used to measure service delivery outcomes and the National Standards for Disability will be used to measure our governance processes.  Stay tuned for the next Pebble to find out the outcome.

Jarrod from Springvale house, paying for his haircut

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Beachlynn out for lunch on World Autism Awareness Day!

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Articles online

World Autism Awareness Day: Push to have more support for people with autism to find full-time work
By Leonie Mellor, ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1 April 2015 [2/4/2015]

Raising awareness of the myths of autism spectrum disorder
Medical News Today, 2 April 2015 [2/4/2015]

Microsoft announces pilot program to hire people with autism
By Mary Ellen Smith, Microsoft on the Issues, Microsoft, 3 April 2015 [7/4/2015]

Federal Opposition backs calls for national inquiry into education of children with disabilities after ACT cage incident
By Susan McDonald, ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation 5 April 2015 [7/4/2015]

The Autism Assistance dog that lets James be James
By Kate Hill, ABC South East SA, australian Broadcasting Corporation, 19 March 2015 [7/4/2015]

A Beautiful obsession - Logan, autism and buses
By Commish, ABC Open, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1 April 2015 [7/4/2015]

Autsim study finds stress reduced by classical music
By Bronwyn Herbert,  PM, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 12 March 2015 [7/4/2015]

The world needs alll kinds of minds
By Temple Grandin, TED2010, TED Talks, February 2010 [7/4/2015]

Students with autism need targeted attention – not a cage
By Leigh Burrows, The Conversation, 8 April 2015 [9/4/2015]

Discovering the relationship between autism and epilepsy
ScienceDaily, 6 Apri 2015 [9/4/2015]

New look at language delay in children with autism
ScienceDaily, 6 Apri 2015 [9/4/2015]

Aging and Autism -- Barrow Launches Unique Study
Barrow Neurological Institute, PR Newswire, 2 April 2015 [9/4/2015]

Why employing autistic people is good for business sense
By Anna Remmington, The Conversation, 14 April 2015 [14/04/2015]

Eastlynn went out to the Steam Museum in Scoresby on World Autism Awareness Day
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