Ballarat Autism Network – Expo
An expo of autism specific services and autism inclusive organisations, clubs, support services, job network providers and recreational options will be held in May 2016. The expo will provide this for families, carers, people with autism and services that help meet their needs. This year’s expo will be held at Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre.
The aims of the expo were to :
- help to decrease the stigma and isolation experienced by families who have member with Autism
- help to increase community capacity to provide support and to have a greater understanding of what autism ; thereby reducing the fear of the unknown
- help to increase the meaningful links between families and service providers and increasing the outcomes for the person with autism
- help to decrease community anxiety around autism and provide professionals with much needed resourcing and networking opportunities
A huge CONGRATULATIONS must go to Trish and Bobbi for their organisation of this wonderful Expo in the Mining Exchange. The number and variety of stall holders representing services available for those with Autism was just amazing. According to Bobbi Cook, who headed up the organising team, the many people who attended the workshops and engaged with the stall holders exceeded expectations.
One attendee commented: ” The atmosphere had a great vibe, there were lots of smiles, lots of happy sounds and many interesting and informative stalls”
A flyer of the day can be found here: BallaratAutismExpo
This organisation has received funding from United Way Ballarat for the following years: