Aspect releases 2017 Annual Report highlighting innovation practice
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) has released its 2017 Annual Report showcasing its innovative Aspect Comprehensive Approach, which is transforming the way Aspect staff work and interact with people on the autism spectrum.
Adrian Ford, Aspect’s CEO said the Aspect Comprehensive Approach provided staff with a consistent standard of practice, that he hoped to embed in every facet of Aspect’s work with people on the spectrum.
“2017 represented a significant shift in the way the Aspect understands and engages with people on the spectrum, with the new Aspect Comprehensive Approach providing a common language for all staff, students, and clients across the organisation - whether one is having early intervention as a young child, attending one of Aspect’s schools or receiving an NDIS package as an adult on the spectrum in the community.
“At the core of the new Aspect Comprehensive Approach is a Five Point Star outlining an autism-specific, person-centred approach which focuses on understanding, engaging and celebrating the strengths, interests, and aspirations of each person on the autism spectrum across five areas – thinking, communication, expectation, motivation and sensory.
“The approach is really revolutionary for our organisation and the people we support, and it will continue to be a major focus for Aspect into the future,” he said.
2017 proved to be a year of significant growth for Aspect, despite changes in the sector, such as the roll out of the NDIS, with the organisation recording a number of highlights, including:
- The formation of the Aspect Advisory Council, consisting of people on the autism spectrum who advise the Board and the Executive on Aspect’s strategic operations
- The formalisation of a significant international alliance with Autism Initiatives in the UK
- The opening of Aspect’s first respite service in Victoria; and
- The expansion around autism-friendly communities with the launch of the highly successful ‘Quiet Hour’ campaign launch at Coles Supermarkets.
“Our people, our passion and our practice provide the platforms for our future progress and will enable Aspect to continue to grow and evolve in partnership with the people on the spectrum and their families for many years to come,” Mr Ford said.