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Autism Community Respite & Recreation

SASI offers community-based recreation and respite to families and carers of participants with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Staff are highly trained in dealing with Autism-specific behaviors if and when they arise. All outings are supervised with a participant-to-staff ratios suited to each individuals needs.
SASI’s recreation/respite program participation is funded either by the Department of Health and Human Services or the Nation Disability Insurance Scheme. This funding allows us to provide staff support for recreational activities to eligible families. 

Recreation and respite services

SASI offers a variety of community-based recreation/respite services including:

School holiday programs

  • Camps
  • Saturday Activities
  • School Holiday Programs
  • 1:1 in-home and community-based support
  • Other options as negotiated with SASI’s program coordinator

SASI offers outings for clients with diverse abilities, interests, ages, cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Recent outings included:

  • Melbourne Show
  • Melbourne Star
  • Mornington Railway
  • A range of animal farms
  • Melbourne Zoo

Demand for placement in SASI’s community-based recreation/respite programs is high. There may be a waiting period.

Note: Weather conditions and demand can sometimes force us to alter programs without notice.


Saturday Activities

SASI runs regular Saturday recreation activities aimed to meet the needs of people with ASD.  These are designed to suit groups of people with similar interests, ages and abilities. 


1:1 in home and community-based support

This support may be for a few hours, a day or overnight. Care can also take place in the participant’s home. Carers can assist with regular activities such as taking a client to the park, movies or physiotherapy appointments. Alternatively, simple respite for the parent or carer may be all that is required. In this situation, activities are catered to the parent.


SASI hosts two camps per year for people with higher and lower support needs -respectively. Each camp runs for three days and two nights and are usually housed in holiday homes. Most participants are aged 15 and above.

The most recent locations included Sorrento, Phillip Island, Queenscliff and Geelong. The camp program includes some set activities each day. Participants can also choose the local attractions they wish to explore. Typical camp activities include surfing, horse riding, adventure parks, beach walks and BBQs.

      Enquire about this program:

Contact Alfred Health Carer Services on (03) 8781 3410 or SASI on (03) 9773 6044.



To get up to date information on the fee schedule:

Contact us call SASI on (03) 9773 6044