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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 (ASD). Staff are highly trained and experienced in dealing with Autism-specific behaviors if and when they arise. All outings are supervised with a participant-to-staff ratio of 1:4. We also provide 1:1 support while out in the community.
SASI’s recreation/respite program participation is funded either by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) or the Nation Disability Insurance Scheme. This funding allows us to provide staff support for recreational activities to eligible families free of charge, please note, each activity does incur an activity fee to cover the cost of the activity.

Testimonials

“SASI have great support workers and great programs. My child has really grown in confidence with the service”

“The choice of activities is fantastic”

“SASI provides excellent care when Douglas uses their recreation services. The carers really look after him with patience and good humour and Douglas loves talking to the carers because they are kind and really listen to him.”

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:

  • Snow trips
  • Drive-in cinema
  • Circus Oz
  • Fishing
  • Werribee Zoo
  • The Shark and Ray Centre
  • Disney on Ice

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 swimming lessons 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.

Camps

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.

Respite for older carers

SASI provides a recreation/respite program on alternate Saturdays for participants (aged 18 plus) living with a carer aged 60 and above. This is thanks to a partnership between Alfred Health Carer Services, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and SASI.

This is a group-based program where participants choose activities according to interest. The group visits destinations all over Melbourne the same way a family might come together for a weekend outing.

This program is not autism-specific and caters to all disability types.

Eligible families must live in the Southern Metropolitan Region and be able to travel to Seaford – the regular pick up point.

Enquire about this program:

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

Fees

To get up to date information on the fee schedule:

Contact us call SASI on (03) 9773 6044