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Boost for autism funding in Sydney's South West

27 March 2013



Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance has today announced a major boost to autism services in Sydney's South West, with $190,000 in recurrent funding to go to the Autism Advisory and Support Service (AASS) in Liverpool.

"The Autism Advisory and Support Service provides a vital service to children with autism, their families and carers," Mr Constance said.

"Run by volunteers, it relies on council and one-off funding grants, donations and sponsorships to meet operational costs.

"Through limited funding, AASS has managed to open the Autism Community House in Liverpool, run a 24-hour autism hotline, and also hold important support groups and parent workshops for families across NSW.

"The NSW Government looks forward to seeing those services expand into the future through our commitment of $190,000 in recurrent funding.

"The NSW Government funds a range of initiatives to support children with autism and their families. Through Stronger Together 2, we will provide additional funding to strengthen the services and supports available for families who have a child with autism."

In 2012-13, $70.1m will be allocated for families of children and young people with disability, including those with autism. Of this, $4.4m is being directed to autism specific support for children.

Services are also provided by the NSW Ministry of Health and the NSW Department of Education and Communities.

The announcement comes ahead of Autism Awareness Day on April 2, which will see the sails of the Sydney Opera House lit up blue.

For more information on the Autism Advisory Support Service visit: www.aass.org.au.

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