Saturday, 27 July 2013


We now have one website for all Communities of Practice groups operating in the Hume Region.

This blog will no longer be updated. 


Please visit our new site for all Wangaratta Autism Community of Practice minutes and information.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

A copy of the CoP Newsletter - May 31st


We had another enthusiastic and well attended CoP meeting held at St Bernards on 31st May.  A big thank you to all our guest speakers – Sean Hadley & Tricia Van De Pavero (Ovens and King), Mini Gigliotti (Open Door House) and Susan Alexander (Autism Coach DEECD). It is always rewarding to hear about the great services available within our community and connect with others.

Please mark in your diaries the next dates for our meetings this year:
August 23rd 2013 – 12.30pm -2.30pm GALEN COLLEGE Wangaratta
November 29th 2013 – 12.30pm – 2.30pm

The minutes for the meeting are attached to this email and will be available from the blog.

A reminder that the blog is being updated regularly - - if you have any flyers, events or points of interest please email:

Agenda Items flagged for next meeting include: Funding Options (CSNE and other agencies) and Mansfield Autism Statewide Services (a refresher on services available).

 One action that was raised during this meeting was to lobby for a change in the Grade 6 Review of  Funding application (DEECD) – we would like to see the review date moved to Year 7 to ensure continued levels of support through transition and their first year of high school. This can be quite a challenging time given the enormity of change.  It was hoped that we could begin the push for change by raising it at the principles network meeting however this was not possible – thus will need to begin by penning a letter. If anyone is passionate about this issue and would like to write the letter to get the ball rolling then please let me know.

There are lots of events coming up…hopefully something takes your fancy..

Upcoming Events

Positive Behaviour Support Workshop: Wodonga

From Tuesday 25 June 2013 -  09:15
To Thursday 27 June 2013 - 14:30

Aspect Victoria is pleased to offer a free, three (3) day Autism specific Positive Behaviour Support Workshop for parents of children and young people aged 6 - 25 years with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Eastern Region of Victoria. Workshop materials and morning tea are provided.  Particpants are required to bring their own lunch.
Location : Albury Wodonga Community College Auditorium - 63 High Street, Wodonga, VIC, 3689
Contact : Amber Day or Heather Kirkhope 9377 6600 or

Information and Sharing: Transitions to School

Transition Support for Children going from Pre-School to Primary School and Primary School to Secondary School.
Families are invited to come along to information sessions to get advice and tips from Educational Representatives and parent mentors with both Victorian and NSW perspectives on children with disabilities.
Pre-school to Primary School
Wednesday 26 June          10am -12noon Aspire Support Services, 220 Borella Rd, Albury.
Friday 28 June                   10am -12noon Aspire Support Services, 23 Stanley Street,wodonga
Primary School into High School
Wednesday 19 June          10am -12noon Aspire Support Services,23 Stanley Street,wodonga
Friday 21 June                   10am -12noon Aspire Support Services, 220 Borella Rd, Albury.

Please phone Aspire Support Services to register: 02 6058 4000 or email:

 July 22nd Galen College – Carers Victoria:    6pm
Galen College parent group will be having a guest speaker from Carers Victoria talking about the importance of carers looking after themselves.
Thursday 25th July 2013 at Wagga RSL Club (Wagga Wagga)
Friday 26th July 2013 at The Commercial Club (Albury)
This interactive workshop is based on 700 app evaluations for students with language disorders, reading difficulties and diverse learning needs.

Learn about new apps and apply this knowledge to support the student's early literacy, expressive language and language comprehension. Ideal for teachers, professionals and parents of students in Primary School. 


Transitioning to Tommorrow

Helping individuals with autism transition from education to employment – there are both family and professional workshops (in Melbourne)


Tuesday 30th July, Darebin Arts Centre

For event details go to the Ability Tasmania Website:

Autism Spectrum Conditions: Diagnosis and Treatment, Workshops –Michelle Garnett & Tony Attwood

Hope you all have a great holiday and look forward to catching up at our next meeting.

Kerri Grant
Mansfield Autism Statewide Services