To all our participants and families,
We extend our thoughts to the Autism Community. While there is much on the news regarding school closures, event and sports cancellations, hospitality, airline shutdowns and the risk to the elderly, there seems to be little acknowledgement of those with disabilities – one of our most vulnerable groups.
Many NDIS participants rely upon the support of workers. Discussion regarding isolation must be increasing participant and families anxiety levels. We, here at MASS, extend our support to you and we call upon the community to look out for and support this group. Please check in with families and people who you know who have a disability, extend your support where you can.
This year has been challenging for all. Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our second camp, the first due to fires and the second due to the Coronavirus. While we would like to reschedule, planning is too problematic at the moment.
At the start of this week we made the difficult decision to take our Practitioners off the road. Given the wide contact they have with various schools and families we needed to minimise the chance of them contracting the virus and spreading to others. At the moment, the decision is to keep them off the road until the end of the school holidays. We will continue to review and revise this decision in line with current advice.
Both 2 school campuses, Mansfield and Dookie, remain open unless we are advised by government to close. We will continue to follow the advice of the World Health Authority to reduce the risk of infection.
We here at MASS understand the pressure it would place on families if services were to shut down completely. We are working hard to ensure we can continue to provide Respite and Outreach to our local families in the coming weeks.
Mansfield Autism Statewide Services
Mansfield Autism Statewide Service (MASS) is an independent not for profit organisation, which supports young people living with autism, and their families.
We offer a wide range of services for individuals and families living with autism. Our services have been designed as a ‘wrap around’ model – each service complements and enhances the quality of care we provide our clients.
We are based in Mansfield in North East Victoria but offer a statewide service to the whole of Victoria. Our local based services operate within the heart of the Mansfield community, enjoying the idyllic location and the warm community support. We also recognise the importance of working within the family home and provide an in home service where we travel across Victoria to join in the lives of our families. Our supports are available for all clients across Victoria.
MASS is staffed by a group of professionals who are passionate about upholding and promoting the unique culture which is MASS. We aim to enhance a clients quality of life by building skills of independence through a strengths based approach.
The service was started in 1968 by a parent, Dr Joan Curtis, who identified that ‘the child’s family are their most important teachers’. At MASS we seek to uphold this philosophy by working alongside families, education settings and service providers to instill understanding, confidence and determination to create the best outcomes for people with autism.
We are committed to working with families who are living with autism – parents and carers can self refer at any time post diagnosis
‘Amazing intense therapy that my son and us as a family have benefit from! Thank you, thank you, thank you’
People told me a MASS placement was “Life Changing”. They were not wrong. Above and Beyond. Just keep up the super amazing work guys!!
Our MAP helps create a family environment that is structured, caring, comfortable and that works for everybody. A positive experience for the entire family. Our MAP is culturally aware and sensitive to all our cultural beliefs and practices, I feel 100% happy and comfortable with having our MAP in our home. Thank you Mansfield.’
“The child’s family are their most important teachers…”
Joan Curtis, Founder 1968
Mansfield Autism Statewide Services are committed to promoting and protecting at all times the best interests of children and young people involved in its programs. Any child having contact with Mansfield Autism Statewide Service, has the right to feel safe and be safe. The well-being of children in our care will always be our first priority and we have zero tolerance to child abuse.