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It's May and we’re well into the footy season! Upcoming Staff Forums on 15th and 16th May will be brimming with information about the commencement of ‘Supportability’ and ‘Grafton’  in the next few months, we’re hoping as many staff as possible can come along and hear about what we are embarking on. Exciting times ahead...
Happy reading!

Kath Ferry
CEO

Joe, Leo and Todd enjoying the winter sun at Anderson House.
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Flying High with Frankston House

Dhana Nithyakumar
Frankston House Manager

Frankston House had a great flying adventure.

Residents Peter, Amy, Luke, Stephanie and Danielle all went out to Tooradin Airfield with Chirag, Dhana and Niki. Only Luke, Stephanie and Danielle boarded the joy plane ride, Amy and Peter were happy to stay back and watch but still enjoyed the new experience of the airport and plane.

It has been Luke’s life time dream to fly, he loves planes, it was one of his PCP (Person Centered Plan) goals to travel in a plane and he points his finger at the sky every time he hears the sound of a plane with a big smile on his face (that’s how much he loves planes). For the rest of the clients it’s the feeling of travelling in a plane, having never been in one, it was a great life time experience.

Aus Air Services pilot, Gordon Brown, allowed Luke to steer the plane. Gordon was excellent with him showing him how to do it, explaining what he should do etc. 

So Luke actually had the experience of being the co-pilot! Luke was so good in listening to the pilot and following all the instructions given by the pilot he enjoyed every single bit of the experience. Stephanie was very excited, she would not stop laughing and giggling. Danielle also loved every single bit of that experience, pointing outside the window, showing the staff the ocean and land.

The view from the plane was amazing, quite breath taking. Nobody could hear a thing while in the plane and the take off and landing were nothing more than a little bump.

The excursion was organised by all the team at Frankston House: Chirag organised with the pilot; Dhana organised approval from all parents and Teena at Head office; Niki helped get all clients organised for the day. While Chirag & Niki boarded the plane with the clients who were keen to get into the sky, Dhana stayed back with clients that were not. 

All clients had an excellent time and would definitely do it again.


The intrepid flyers.


Luke was loving it!


Stephanie loved it too.


Danielle thought the view was amazing.
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Kath's running, and making
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Anderson House cooked up a plan

Damian Cox
Anderson House Manager

There are so many positive changes at Anderson House we can hardly keep up!

This month we were successful in gaining a few days to run a Sausage Sizzle fundraiser at Bunnings Warehouse in Warrigal Road Mentone. The turnout was fantastic, better than we could imagine.

Our aim was to raise enough funds to purchase some laminate flooring and additional paint for finishing of our renovating at Anderson House. With so much support, it was a breeze.  A cold and wet one at that!

I can’t thank Greg Wyatt and Barbara Jeffery enough, for their time, support and financial support they have given throughout the process. I couldn’t have done it without you.  

I would also like to thank : Coles Southland; Woolworths at Thrift Park, Mordialloc, Southland and Moorabbin; Main Street Cafe Mordialloc for their donations of supplies and money towards the Sausage Sizzle.

        


BBQ Stand at Bunnings


Damian Cox and Greg Wyatt all ready to go!


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Clare and Ally were queens of the disco selfie at
Beachlynns Happy Easter Disco BBQ!

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Don't forget...

May
15 May : Accommodation Services Forum (Staff)
16 May : Day Services Forum (Staff)

July
14 - 15 July : NDS Vic State Conference

August
6 - 8 August : Victorian Autism Conference
14 August : SASI Art Competition 

Pick up your card from SASI Head Office or email enquiries@sasi.org.au
and we'll post it out to you!

Thank you

...to Transfield Worley Power Services (Team Leader Joe Pirotta)
Who donated $270 for an outdoor setting at Morwell


...to Gordon Brown
Who took Frankston House flying! You can read more about Aus Air Services at www.ausairservices.com.au

...to Coles Southland
AND
Woolworths at Thrift Park, Mordialloc, Southland and Moorabbin

AND
Main Street Cafe Mordialloc 
For their help with the Aspendale House Sausage Sizzle.


Richard from Highett House, enjoying his holiday on Phillip Island.
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Articles online

Autism - what we know (and what we don’t know yet)
by Wendy Chung, Ted2014, TED Talks, March 2014
http://www.ted.com/talks/wendy_chung_autism_what_we_know_and
_what_we_don_t_know_yet
 [accessed 5/5/52014]

My experience learning about autism
by D.A. Rossignol, Global advances in health and medicine : improving healthcare outcomes worldwide. 2013 Nov;2(6):74-7. doi: 10.7453/gahmj.2013.090.
Full text via PubMed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24349885 [accessed 29/4/2014]

Dog ownership benefits families of children with autism
ScienceDaily, 14 April 2014 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140414150852.htm [accessed 17 April 2014]

Autism research isn’t helping people live with daily reality
by Liz Pellicano, The Conversation, 23 April 2014
http://theconversation.com/autism-research-isnt-helping-people-live-with
-daily-reality-25773
[accessed 28/4/2014]

Autism Genome Project delivers genetic discovery
by Autism Speaks, ScienceDaily, 24 April 2014
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140424151831.htm [accessed 1/5/2014]

Motor skill deficiencies linked to autism severity, research says
ScienceDaily, 24 April 2014
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140424102430.htm [accessed 28/4/2014]

Parents confused by NDIS
by Caroline Winter, PM, Australian Broadcasting Coorporation, 29 April 2014
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2014/s3994443.htm [accessed 1/5/2014]

Autism and Your Gut
by Lisa Marshall, Grafton Matters, 29 April 2014 
http://graftonblog.com/autism-and-your-gut/ [accessed 1/5/2014]

Is ‘sluggish cognitive tempo’ a valid new childhood disorder?
by Andrew Whitehouse, The Conversation, 30 April 2014
http://theconversation.com/is-sluggish-cognitive-tempo-a-valid-new-
childhood-disorder-25646
[accessed 1/5/2014]

Recall is a disadvantage of autism but there are ways to boost memory 
by Dermot Bowler, The Conversation, 30 April 2014
http://theconversation.com/recall-is-a-disadvantage-of-autism-but-there-are-ways-to-
boost-memory-25361
 [accessed 1/5/2014]

NAS conference interviews and talks
National Autistic Society
http://www.autism.org.uk/news-and-events/nas-conferences/interviews-and-talks.aspx [accessed 29/4/2014]

Landscape architect designs toolkit to make cities inclusive of adults with autism
Science Daily, 1 May 1 2014
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140501123405.htm [accessed 5/5/2014]

Adults with autism virtually learn how to get the job
ScienceDaily, 8 May 2014
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140508095832.htm [accessed 12/5/2014]

Australian artist wins fans with Laser Beak Man
China Post, 10 May 2014
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/art/arts/2014/05/10/407331/Australian-artist.htm [accessed 12/5/2014]

Jarrod had fanstatic fun at the Enchanted Maze with Swonnell House.
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