Wheels are turning for Aspect Hunter School
Students from Aspect Hunter School will be cruising around town in a brand new mini bus thanks to a $50,000 donation from NSW’s largest homebuilder McDonald Jones Charitable Foundation.
Aspect Hunter School provides a specialised program for children with autism. The bus will enable more students to develop the skills to participate in the community.
Aspect Hunter School Principal, Liz Murray, said the new vehicle would also allow more students the opportunity participate in activities that would otherwise not be available to them.
Founder and Director of McDonald Jones Homes Bill McDonald said that McDonald Jones Charitable Foundation was established to assist and support communities and families in areas within our building footprint.
“This new van enables students with autism to fully participate in school life, transporting them to Community based integration activities. These outings help these students to develop confidence and social skills.
“We are proud to be supporting Aspect Hunter School and allowing students to participate in activities which they love.”
Aspect CEO Adrian Ford said it was fabulous to have local support. “It will make a big difference to our families and children.”
Autism is a lifelong disability that affects an estimated 1 in 70 Australians. Aspect Hunter School caters from more than 100 students aged between 4 and 16 across the Hunter, Central Coast and Far North Coast regions of NSW. It also has a range of satellite classes - autism-specific classes in mainstream schools. Classes are located in Cardiff, Belmont, Waratah West, Tarro, Abermain and Port Macquarie.