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$400,000 grant for Hunter autism school

2 July 2012

NSW Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance has today announced a $400,000 one-off grant to contribute to the fit out of the new Aspect Hunter School in Thornton.

“The Aspect Hunter School supports around 100 students with autism spectrum disorder from the Hunter Valley, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas through its School and Early Intervention and Autism Resource Centre,” Mr Constance said.

“The school has been operating for 30 years, but over that time there’s been an increase in demand for its services and a relocation was necessary.”

“On the back of the tremendous support from the community, I’m delighted to announce this grant for the completion of the school’s interior fixtures and equipment.”

Previously, the Aspect Hunter School shared a site with another school until the property in Thornton was donated for the new school premises.

Member for Maitland Robyn Parker welcomed the funding and said it recognises the NSW Government’s commitment to early intervention services for children with disabilities.

“This is great news for families and children with autism spectrum disorder who rely heavily on the services provided at the Aspect Hunter School,” Ms Parker said.

“This grant for the fit out of the new premises will ensure the learning environment for the students is state of the art.”

Aspect is Australia’s largest independent, non government Autism Spectrum Disorder specific provider.

For more information about Aspect, visit

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