Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)

Image 1st on-campus Aspect centre
1st on-campus Aspect centre
Image Placements & pathways into work
Placements & pathways into work
Image Aspect participants in VU courses
Aspect participants in VU courses

The partnership between Victoria University (VU) and Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) aims to boost workers who support the estimated 1-in-70 Australians on the autism spectrum.

Aspect is Australia’s largest provider of autism-specific services and school programs. This alliance is their first partnership with a university on its campus – with VU and Aspect demonstrating a shared commitment to empowering the communities they serve.

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About Aspect

Aspect is the country’s largest autism-specific service provider, with one of the biggest autism-specific school programs in the world. A not-for-profit organisation, they work with people of all ages on the autism spectrum as well as their families and carers to deliver family-focused and person-centered solutions informed by evidence.

Aspect’s mission is to understand, engage and celebrate the strengths, interests and aspirations of people on the autism spectrum so that they can reach their highest potential.

Our collaboration

The ground-breaking partnership between Aspect and Victoria University will aim to achieve many critical outcomes and improve health and wellbeing for people on the autism spectrum, while investing in the future of our disability services workforce.

Aspect has now opened Australia’s first on-campus community centre for Autistic adults at Victoria University’s St Albans campus. The centre pioneers a new model on campus, providing positive outcomes for both adult participants through programs, therapy and education, and VU students through placements and employment pathways into the disability sector. Participants can also acquire valuable job and independent living skills by engaging in programs and activities across the University’s state-of-the-art facilities.

Alongside the Aspect centre at VU’s St Albans campus, VU and Aspect will focus on the following through this partnership:

  • Opportunities for participants to enrol in work-preparation courses and gain recognised qualifications
  • VU student placement opportunities and employment pathways at various other Aspect centres around Melbourne – 10+ students have now completed placements from Certificate IV in Disability and Speech Pathology
  • Research into improving autism-inclusive tertiary education campuses
  • Collaboration on advocacy campaigns and development of resources to support the community.

Courses that benefit from placements

Stephanie Bolondo
Learning support, with support: Stephanie's story
Bachelor of Psychological Studies/Bachelor of Business
"VU had a fantastic study model – the VU Block Model® – that worked really well with my life outside of study."
Stephanie's story

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