When navigating the numerous resources on Autism, advocacy, disability and funding, you can easily find yourself in a maze of information.  To assist you through this process, we have some recommended resources below.

Autism Support Organisations

Set out below are details of various organisations that offer services to support parents of children with autism or have links to helpful services and support groups.

Autism: What Next?

Autism Awareness and Amaze have partnered to create a free digital toolkit which acts as a central hub to help families and individuals navigate the first year following an autism diagnosis. Visit the Autism: What Next? website for unbiased, up to date and relevant information and explanations about options for support and intervention. It also contains information about the NDIS and accessing funding. You can search through the website to find information relevant to you or you can click through their “Autism Pathway” digital toolkit to follow a step by step process for options available to you.


Visit for a list of organisations and support groups that you can search for by suburb and/or specific interest.

Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness Australia is the nation’s leading not-for-profit Autism education and advocacy organisation, founded in 2007. It is dedicated to increasing awareness of Autism in the community by providing targeted educational programs for parents and professionals, and advocating for the needs of individuals on the spectrum and their families. Visit

Autism Pathways

Autism Pathways is the peak body for all things ABA-for-Autism. Their core service is training. Each year they train over 700 people in behavioural principals including hundreds of educators, allied health professionals, disability support workers and autism parents. See

Asperger Syndrome Support Network Victoria

ASSN run a variety of support groups for parents, carers and individuals with Aspergers. They are a place where you can listen, learn and share about your journey with Aspergers. Attendance is free to members; however, you can attend one or two meetings before joining. Visit for further information.

Autistic Family Support Association

AFSA provide a list of online and face-to-face parent and family support groups around Victoria. See, email: or phone: 0421 642 364.

Raising Children Network Autism Section

On the Raising Children website, parents will find reliable and scientifically validated information and resources to support them in the day-to-day work of raising children and looking after their own needs. The website is growing all the time and covers a broad range of up-to-date parenting topics. Visit

Association for Science in Autism Treatment

ASAT provides a well-respected, comprehensive website that tackles the array of considerations surrounding autism treatment. Its website is the go-to source for research summaries on the full array of Autism treatments to help families and professionals make informed treatment choices. Visit


I CAN Network

The I CAN Network provides mentoring programs to young Autistic people. Read more at

Support for Families

Association for Children with a Disability

ACD is the Victorian advocacy service for children with disability and their families.

First steps to support and connection workshops information here.

Outside the Square Psychology

The psychologists at Outside the Square Psychology have extensive experience working with children who have autism and their families. They are available to provide counselling to parents of children with autism. Call 9889 9932 

The Centre of Child Development

The Centre of Child Development has centres in Preston and Hawthorn providing a variety of psychological services.

APS Find a Psychologist

Australian Psychological Society find a psychologist service can link you in with a psychologist in your area, to support your needs.

Carer support

Emotional and practical services and support for carers.

Crisis Support

Self help is important and below are some numbers to call when in need of support:

Children and Young People with a Disability

Promoting equal opportunity and full inclusion for children and young people with disability (0-25 years) across Australia.  Find out more at

Information Resources for students with disability and their caregivers

The Australian Government worked with Children and Young People with Disability Australia to co-design information resources to help students with disability and their caregivers understand their rights under the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

Disability Advocates

The Learning for Life Autism Centre acknowledges the important role advocates play and each clients’ right to access an advocate. Information about disability advocacy and accessing an advocate can be found on:

In addition, Valid, a not for profit based in Richmond (Victoria) that focuses on empowering, informing and advocating for individuals with disability, provides a list of Victorian advocacy organisations and key groups providing information, legal support and complaints handling for people with disability and their families.

NDIS and Funding Resources

Autism Pathways NDIS guides

We recommend the Autism Pathways "Navigating the NDIS" page for helpful advice.  View at link below.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a national scheme established to support people with disability and provide funding directly to individuals.

The Victorian Disability Worker Commission

The VDWC administers the Disability Service Safeguards Act 2018 (Vic), including setting registration standards for registered Victorian disability workers, registering Victorian disability workers, investigating complains about registered and unregistered workers and, prohibiting workers from providing disability services.

Find a registered worker, read the code of conduct, make a complaint, notify the commission of misconduct or check prohibition orders.

Read, Watch and Listen


The Source Kids magazine is a resource that has been created by parents, for parents.​

Audio & Video

Autism Awareness have curated a list of podcasts and videos for you to select from.


Autism Awareness have a great range of books they have curated so you don't have to.

Recommendations from our Family Support Manager

Family support
Autism Awareness: Getting support for your family 

Independence and living skills
Source Kids Apps to help independence and living skills

Online Safety
Resources tailored to young people’s online experiences

Get in Touch

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