Northland Shopping Centre is Melbourne’s premier shopping destination in the North. Located on Murray Road, it is home to over 320 of your favourite brands, including Myer, Mecca Maxima, Country Road, Endota Spa, Bed Bath & Table and many more. This October Northland reaches a significant milestone, celebrating its 50th Birthday. As a proud sponsor of this year’s VAC2016, Northland is home to Australasia’s only ‘Quiet Room’ – a sensory soothing space for individuals with Autism. Please contact 03 9478 1399 for a private tour.
Sensory Matters has a wide array of unique, locally handmade resources to benefit children and adults with special needs. Our products can provide opportunities to promote development of not only social and physical skills, but also valuable sensory input for the child with special needs to function to the best of their abilities throughout their busy days.
My Diffability Australia is a place where different abilities are celebrated! We provide therapy equipment and resources for people with DIFFabilities, in areas like communication, sensory processing, and social, gross and fine motor skills. We also deliver workshops and provide advice and information as part of our service.
Chewigem is safe, non-toxic chewable jewellery. Used successfully as a discreet sensory aid by children and adults with additional needs.
Greeper laces 'Once applied, always tied', provide a simple solution for enabling the use of shoes with laces.
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Noomi is a Melbourne-based company, offering a unique range of bean bags and cushions. Our products provide uniform pressure and sensory input, which promote body awareness and help focus and clam the mind - ideal for kids and adults with sensory sensitivities. We work with occupational therapists, school aides and carers on a regular basis to come up with special solutions for special needs, and offer a unique referral program.
For more information about the special connection between noomi bean bags and sensory soothing, please visit our website."
raisingchildren.net.au offers free parenting videos, apps and articles backed by Australian experts.
The website provides tried, tested and trusted information about children’s health, sleep, behaviour, eating, physical activity, family relationships, raising teenagers and much more. It also includes dedicated resources for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder.
Raising Children Network is supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Its member organisations are the Parenting Research Centre and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute with The Royal Children’s Hospital Centre for Community Child Health.
One of Australia’s largest universities, with campuses in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool, hosting more than 49,000 students and almost 7,500 international students from 127 countries. Established in 2013, the Deakin Child Study Centre (DCSC) is housed within the School of Psychology (one of the largest, most progressive psychology departments in Australia). Lead by a team of international clinical experts and scholars on the topic of Neurodevelopmental disorders in youth, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD, the DCSC brings together a multi-disciplinary approach to innovative research, shared knowledge and directed efforts to help children and adolescents with developmental disorders.
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is Australia’s leading not-for-profit service provider for people on the autism spectrum. Our services provide people with autism the opportunity to realise their unique potential, as well as providing much needed support to their families, carers, friends and colleagues. Our services in Victoria include speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, behaviour support, education and training for all ages. We offer centre based and outreach programs, respite, in home help, school transition and employment services. Aspect’s vision is to provide the best possible opportunities for people on the spectrum. We believe that people on the autism spectrum are a different brilliant.
ABIA is the Victorian peak body for ABA. We provide training, information and support for those who live with, work with, or love a child with autism. We also connect families to ABA Service Providers.
Our underlying Model of Care is Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA): a systematic early intervention process [based on learning theory principles], which has shown to create meaningful change in children’s lives.
As an evidenced-based model, ABA is supported by 50 years academic research. In 2017 we celebrate 20 years of helping Victorian families make informed and life-changing decisions about their child’s development and advancement.
Your life. Your way. Your choice.
Statewide Autistic Services (SASI) supports children, teenagers and adults with autism and other complex disabilities. Our clients receive the education and guidance needed to live independently with dignity and respect.
As specialists in evidence-based care for people on the spectrum, our services include recreational activities, accommodation and children's residential respite. This outcome-driven approach helps clients achieve their full potential.
SASI believes in a community cross-sector approach to improving the lives of those with a disability and their clients. We’ve been supporting people on the spectrum for over 50 years.
Irabina Autism Services is a not-for profit organisation dedicated to helping young people and families adapt to the challenges of living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Delivering expert support and education services for 50 years, our team of therapists, psychologists and specialist educators provide assistance to individuals aged between 0-21 years, helping them connect with and understand the world around them. We are the largest autism-specific Early Intervention service in Victoria. Our family-centred approach in all that we do is crucial to our programs, ensuring the entire family unit is cared for.
EACH supports people of all ages on the Autism Spectrum as well as their loved ones. We design supports to meet your individual goals, with options including Individual Support, Child and Family Services and support with Employment. To find out more about any of EACH’s services please contact us on 1300 00 EACH (1300 00 3224) or on www.each.com.au.
The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) is Australia’s first dedicated autism research centre. Located at La Trobe University, we are committed to investigating the impact of ASD across the lifespan. In 2016 we launched
Yellow Ladybugs is dedicated to the happiness, success and celebration of autistic girls and women. We aim to do this by raising acceptance and awareness about the female presentation of autism in the education, employment, medical and general community. We also strive to create positive inclusive experiences for autistic girls and women and often advocate for the rights of autistic girls and women. We support identity first language, and uphold the values of “nothing about us, without us”. Yellow Ladybugs is a volunteer community group who proudly create social events, similar to birthday parties, where girls can come together and have the opportunity to meet and bond over their similar journey. Our vision is to foster a strong bond, which will ultimately create a network of friends outside of school.