Aspect Riverina School

Recipient 2021 Give500 Collective Giving Campaign Grant

 Aspect Riverina School – Autism Spectrum Australia

Project: Resilience on the Spectrum
Awarded Amount: $2,500.00
Impact Areas: Connection & Wellbeing, Leadership


Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) provides services and support to people on the autism spectrum of all ages including autism specific education through our Aspect Riverina School in Albury. Next to education, their services include diagnostic assessments, early years support, therapy, employment support, a life skill program for Autistic adults with complex support needs, research and autism friendly and inclusive initiatives in collaboration with corporate, cultural and sporting institutions.

Funded partially by the 2021 Give500 grant, the goal of the Resilience Program was to roll out a health and wellbeing program at the Aspect Riverina School which included the provision of a range of different workshops through external facilitators. The program will focused on nutrition, healthy eating and meal preparation, physical exercise as well as resilience and positivity.

The program included collaborative planning with Food Technology teachers and a Nutritionist, developing independence relating to health food choices and nutrition, planning & support to create vegetable gardens and menus for a Food Van and engaging a resilience coach to build individual confidence, strength and  stamina and in particular focusing on enhancing relationships amongst the group.

The project culminated with the group achieving their goal to complete an Extreme Walk to the peak of Victoria’s highest Mountain, Mt Bogong.

See the story of their Mt Bogong Climb:  Still I Breathe – A Supergoat Media – Paul Smith Film.