- Funding Period 2011-2017, 2021
- Region Supported Hunter, Mid North Coast
- People Supported as at 2017 - over 500 families & 2021- up to 30 students
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) received funds from the Greater Charitable Foundation from 2011-2017 to support the pilot and roll-out of Aspect’s Early Intervention Readiness Program (EIRP) in the Hunter Region. The program assists families through the challenges they face after diagnosis of autism, providing information and practical support to prepare them for their child's transition into appropriate services to enhance their future learning potential. Demand for the program was overwhelming, with more than 500 families taking part. Additional funding enabled EIRP service provision to expand to Port Macquarie in 2015, when we also funded an Aspect playgroup which supported 244 children. In April 2016, the Foundation was the recipient of Aspect's 'Above and Beyond Recognition Award' for the support of EIRP and all the families living with autism who had benefited from this program.
In 2021, the Foundation partnered with Aspect once again, funding the Work Education and Employment Skill Program which provides specialised autism-specific support for its high school students that assists in the transition from school to employment.