Art and Theatre

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Karin Mead - Karin is an arts psychotherapist and EMDR therapist. Karin is also an NDIS approved provider. She works with clients who have mental health issues and recently with those on the autism spectrum.

Locations 

  • Mooroolbark 
  • Boronia 

Telephone -  0424 849 392  

Rainbow Muse - Rainbow Muse offers art therapy, talk therapy, child centered play therapy, yoga and mindfulness.  

Locations:

Caulfield South 

37 Leopold Street,

Phone: (03) 8538 1445 or 0403966448

Croydon

81 bayswater Road

Phone: (03) 9725 1860

West Side Circus - Workshops are aimed at young people with disabilities. Classes can be tailored to the individual needs of a participant, and they have a range of activities and apparatus to create a fun experience for all involved. 

Address - 42 Cramer st, Preston 3072

Telephone -  (03) 94712928

Accommodation and Holidays

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Big 4 Holiday parks - Big 4 have teamed up with Amaze to provide social scripts for holiday parks, an essential tool for people with Autism and their families to prepare for a holiday and travel.

Locations throughout Australia

Contact via Web Page 

ClubMates Travel - ClubMates are a supported travel agency specialising in disability travel for Australians of all ages. The great thing about Clubmates Travel is they can tailor  holidays with specialised support and structures depending on the needs of the traveler and their destinations. 

Clubmates  are a registered NDIS provider. 

Phone: 1300 158 003 

Address:  P.O Box 8553, Carrum Downs, VIC 3199 

Happiness first -  Happiness first  have an NDIS funded program that gives the participant a full weekend of one on one, 24 hour care in a beautiful two bedroom apartment along the Victorian coast line.

Phone: 1300885493  

Location; Portsea, Victoria 

Royal Caribbean Cruise line - USA based cruise liner specialising in Autism friendly cruises.

Telephone - 1800 754 500

Second Home - The Second Home is an NDIS funded short-term accommodation. located in Cockatoo Victoria They provide respite services to people with disabilities. 

Contact via web page 

Travengers AU -  Travengers AU are a travel service connecting young people with social support needs across Australia to travel. They arrange trips including backpacking, concerts, road trips, theme parks, adventures, weekends or longer trips, and match you with young Support Workers. They are available for the ones who want to become more independent and enjoy life! (15-35’s).

NSW based and available for travels throughout Australia.

For self- and plan managed NDIS participants and others. 

Contact via web page.

The Puzzle House - The Puzzle House is a not-for-profit charity, a group of parents with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other interested people, who are working hard to obtain land and build a purpose built holiday house for people with ASD and their families. 

To contact Puzzle House please call Julie Lewis – Chairperson on the below number. Alternatively you can use the email address below.

Phone:  (02) 49 565 141

 Email: enquiry@puzzlehouse.org

Blankets, clothing and Sensory Resources

Bcause -  Bcause is an online store providing the easiest way to find and buy disability aids. Bcause brings you hundreds of products from trusted providers in one, easy to use online store. 

Address - Level 7, 120 Harbour Esplanade Docklands, Victoria

Telephone - 1300 014 386 

Caring  clothing -  Adaptive clothing for people with disabilities. Specialised kids and Teen range available.  

Address -  421 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn  East 3123

Telephone - 1300 365 504 

Kaiko fidgets -  Discreet and noisless range of  fidgets. FOR ADULTS & YOUTH ALIKE who struggle with fidgeting, anxiety, hair twirling, pen clicking, tapping, nail biting, picking, ADHD, ADD, ASD, learning & concentration difficulties or for those that want to keep their hands busy! 

Contact Via online shop

Modibodi  - Specialising in period proof underwear and swim wear.

Online store.

contact via web page   

My diffability -  Online store with an extensive range of sensory and learning aids.

Address- PO Box 3121, Caroline Springs, Vic   3023 

Telephone - (03) 8456 6613

Peaceful Lotus - Peaceful Lotus is a Melbourne based company,  and is a leading provider of relaxation products from weighted-blankets to acupressure mats and pillows. 

Address - Melbourne,Victoria

Contact via web page

Telephone - 03 9449 0629 

Red Blanket Co - Red Blanket Co make weighted lap pads and blankets in a range of sizes as well as a few other weighted products. All products are hand made to order.

Telephone - 0417 370 218 

Contact via Facebook

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Sensory connect  - Online store with a selection of Sensory toys, aids and resources.  

Address - PO Box 6004, Bedford Rd, Ringwood, 3134 

Telephone -  0421 426 228 

Sensory Oasis for kids - Quality and reasonably priced products for kids with special needs . 

Address 36 Lobelia Drive, Altona North, VIC 3025

Telephone - (03) 9399 4783

Shoes & Sox  - Children's shoe stores with shops available Australia wide.  Appointments available at quiet times to accommodate special needs for those with Sensory needs.

Contact and Locations Via Web Page  

Telephone - (03)86711749 

Sister sensory - Store providing sensory and educational products

Address -  Factory 7, 22-McPherson St, Maddingley, 3340 

Store hours Mon-Fr 10 am -4pm, Sat 10 am-2pm   

Telephone - 0401 689 313

Therapy  blanket - Online store specialising in weighted blankets.

Contact via web page

The Therapy store - providing Australia’s widest range of education and therapy resources for children and young adults of all abilities. 

Address 16-18 Gale Street,Brunswick East VIC 3057

Telephone -  (03) 9380 1127 

Wendy's weighted Blankets - online store selling Weighted blankets for anxiety.

Contact via web page   

Telephone - 0404207952

William Ready - Therapy resources and school aids. William ready can also assist with the design and construction of sensory spaces.      

Address - North Warrandyte, Melbourne 

Telephone- 0421552177

Dance,Sport and Fitness

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We Rock The Spectrum - We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gyms are a sensory-safe gyms, providing kids of all abilities with a fun and motivating environment to play, regulate and grow together.

Address -  378-380 Gilbert Rd, Preston VIC 3072

Telephone -  (03) 9042 3115 

Access for All Abilities - AAA is your first port of call in finding a sports activity to 

suit your needs. 

Telephone -1800 222 842 

 Access All Abilities Auskick - NAB AFL Auskick prides itself on providing an inclusive and safe environment for everyone to participate, however there are select centres across Victoria who have received additional training in supporting children with disability in an Auskick setting. 

Locations

 

  • Ballarat Bulldogs AAA Auskick Centre
  • Caulfield Bears AAA Auskick Centre
  • Chadstone AAA Auskick Centre
  • Chelsea AAA Auskick Centre
  • Clifton Hill AAA Auskick Centre
  • Colac AAA Auskick Centre
  • Echuca Rockets AAA Auskick Centre
  • Fitzroy/Carlton AAA Auskick Centre
  • Geelong AAA Auskick Centre
  • Keilor AAA Auskick Centre
  • Lara AAA Auskick Centre
  • Lynbrook AAA Auskick Centre
  • Lyndhurst AAA Auskick Centre
  • Narre North AAA Auskick Centre
  • Parkdale AAA Auskick Centre
  • Point Cook AAA Auskick Centre
  • Ringwood AAA Auskick Centre
  • Roxburgh Rise AAA Auskick Centre
  • Rupertswood AAA Auskick Centre
  • Somerville AAA Auskick Centre
  • South Melbourne District (Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specific)
  • SCOPE Balloon Football Auskick Centre (Severe and Multi-disability Specific)
  • West Coburg AAA Auskick centre
  • Wyndham Suns AAA Auskick Centre

Advantage Autism, the Au tastic tennis program - Advantage Autism and their Au tastic tennis  program specially cater for children and adults on the Autism Spectrum. This program creates an individualized personally journey for each player according to recommendations form their team of medical experts. All equipment is modified to the participants individual needs and learning outcomes. 

Locations throughout Victoria

Telephone -   0403 129 648 

ASKATE -  Skateboarding, a form of Occupational Therapy focusing on vestibular, proprioceptive, and motor skills as well as social and behavioral therapy. Contact ASKATE Australia via their Facebook page

 Bam Allstars -  BAM Arts Inc. provide fantastic, high energy dance and drama programes for people with disabilities. Ages pre-school to adult.
LOCATIONS

  • 93 Outer Cres, Brighton 3186.
  • 2 Livingston St, Highett 3190,
  • 6R Broughton St Seaford 3198,
  • 33 Klauer st, Seaford 3198,
  • Monash Peninsula Campus, Moorooduc Hwy, Frankston 3199,
  • Wonthaggi Scout Hall, North Wonthaggi 3995.

Telephone  - 0425 721 848 

 Beam movement to dance -  BEAM is an inclusive all abilities movement to music group designed around components of occupational therapy techniques . 

LOCATIONS

  •  25-29 Havilah Road, Long Gully 3550
  • Echuca Moama cycle club, off Charters rd & Perricoota Rd Moama NSW 2731

Telephone - 0472 512 624 



Bowl Patrol - Learn to bowl program ideal for kids aged 6 -12. 8 week program matching school terms. A safe and inclusive sport for children of all abilities.

Locations

Check Bowl Patrol for programs in you state. 

Telephone -  0468 645 431 

Busy Feet -  BusyFeet is a project of The Rotary Club of Chadstone and East Malvern. The dance group meets weekly during the school term and caters for disabilities including various degrees of autism.

LOCATIONS

  • 14 Harrison Crt, Melton 3330
  • 0401031917 (Melton contact)


  • The  Banchory Community Centre,  Hillside 3037
  •  0401031917  (Hillside contact) 


  • Castlefield Community Centre, 505 Bluff Road Hampton 
  •  0407 140 549 (Hampton contact)


  • Hawthorn Location
  •  0407 334 107 (Hawthorn contact)


  • Williamstown Location
  •  0414 677 862 (Williamstown contact)


  • Malvern East location
  •  0414 677 862 (Malvern East contact)


Disabled surfers association - Disabled surfers association aims to provide an inclusive experience for all people with any disability to experience the rush of riding a wave. 


Locations 

  •  Ocean grove

 President: Phil Christie
Mobile: 0408 253 206
Email: christiesplastering@bigpond.com
 

  •  Mornington Peninsula

 President:  John Bowers
Mobile:  0409 945 064
Email: john@equineconcepts.net.au 

 

  • Great Southern coast

President:  Neil Kelly
Phone:  0411 716 966
Email dsagscv@outlook.com 


  • Bass coast Inverloch

 President:  Stuart Yates
Mobile:  0411 476 478
Email: infodsabc@gmail.com 


DOC Football academy -  DOC Football  offers a soccer program for Children with Special Needs.  

Address - Eltham College, 1660 Main Road, research 3095.

Telephone - (03) 9438 1877 

iDance Bendigo -  NDIS funded, iDance gives disabled students the opportunity to participate in group classes, private lessons or social events that they may of otherwise find difficult to access.

Address - 161 - 167 Bernard st, Bendigo 3550

Telephone - (03) 54432282

Kreationz cheer and dance -  The All Abilities program offers all inclusive dance and cheerleading classes for children with special needs. They provide a fun and confidence building environment where everybody can dance.

LOCATIONS

  • 1st Floor, 2/1059 Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully 3156  
  • 1st Floor, 2 Heroes Avenue, Emerald 3782
  • St Joseph’s School Hall, 40 Milners Road, Yarra Junction 3797
  • Upper Yarra Secondary College Gym, 81-89 Little Yarra Road, Yarra Junction 3797
  • Sydney Halbish Hall, Old Don Road, Don Valley 3139
  • St John’s Anglican Church Hall, 5-7 Symons Street, Healesville 3777
  • Kinglake West Mechanics Hall, 1055 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road, Kinglake West 3757

 Telephone - 0422 413 167  

LaliChi Studios -  LaliChi focuses on the art of dance training, dance and movement therapy and fitness for Wellbeing. 

LOCATIONS

  • Weildich Rd, Eltham North 3095
  • Community Drive, Greensborough 3088
  •  232 Lower Plenty Rd Rosanna,  3084 
  •  20 Noorong Ave, Bundoora,  3083

Telephone - 0411 230 444 

Leap into Dance - Leap into dance is an all inclusive dance studio designed for everybody with or without disability. Contemporary-Jazz fusion classes for children to adults. Phone: 0437 194 238  

Address: 37 Parer Rd, Airport West Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Sailability -  Sailability is a program at some sailing clubs that offers an additional level of support, an established network of volunteers, and equipment to assist people of all-abilities to get into sailing. It is an international program first introduced to Australia in the 1990’s, which has grown to being available in every state.

Find out if your local sailing club is involved. 

Sense Rugby -  is a rugby based Occupational Therapy program designed to help kids who usually find it difficult to be part of a sports team. 

Locations throughout Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne.

Jake Du Chateau

Email: jake@senserugby.com.au

SNAPP - SNAPP, Sporting Network of Autistic People and Parents is a Not for Profit Group developed for the Support and Development of families and Individuals on the Autism Spectrum. 

Address -  12 Boathouse Pl, Point Cook VIC 3030 

contact via web page

Werribee Gymnastics -  The Autism freindly playGym sessions are specifically for pre-school children (2-6yrs).  They understand finding a class that is welcoming and suitable for a child with autism can be difficult but it doesn't mean children and their families should miss out. 

Address -  52 Riverside Ave, Werribee 3030 

 Telephone - (03) 9742 5446 

Driving schools

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Ability2Drive  -  Before doing any driving lessons an OT will complete a driving assessment to see where you are at with your driving- a report will be developed and used to tailor your driving lessons.

Address   4 Balliang Street, South,Geelong 

Telephone - (03) 9749 0000 

i drive safely -  NDIS provider of specialised driver training (Geelong, Melbourne and across Victoria, Sydney, Queensland, Adelaide, Perth)

Occupational therapist available             

Address PO Box 1849, Geelong, 3220

Telephone - 0428 501 150


Two States Driving School - Two States has been operating in Victoria and NSW for over 55 years and are proud to be the only driving school approved by NDIS in the Goulburn Valley, North Eastern Victoria 

& Riverina Regions.  

Address - 8-30 Station St, Cobram VIC 3644  

Telephone - (03) 5871 1046 

Driver Education and support -  Driver education and support were the first approved and accredited NDIS NDIA provider for driver training in Australia. They are immensely proud to lead the way with exceptional training packages and highly experienced Driver Educators, specialised in training drivers with additional needs.  

Servicing Lara, Geelong, Surf coast, Werribee. 

Mr Craig Waters - 0411 110 112 

V Drive - What makes driving safe, fun and meaningful? V Drive believe the answer is their training style and training resources. Your goals, your ideas, your unique needs. V Drive is NDIS approved.

Address -  3 Balmain Circuit, Taylors Hill VIC 3037

Telephone - 0407 551 300 

  

Education and Support

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My Special Child - My special child  was created to provide information, strategies and support to parents, carers and educators of children with additional needs, learning difficulties or behavioral challenges. 

Contact Rebecca Perkins via web page

AMAZE - AMAZE Raises awareness and influences positive change for people on the autism spectrum their families/supporters and provides independent, credible information and  resources to individuals, families, professionals, government and the wider community.

Address -  24 Drummond St, Carlton VIC 3053 

Telephone- (03) 96571600    

Apps for Autism - A comprehensive list of Apps to support someone with Autism. The Apps for Autism site has been developed by Autism WA to assist children and their carers use technology and apps safely and efficiently, and to assist and support  someone with Autism.

Telephone - 1800 636 427

ASPERGERS VIC - Aspergers Vic provide services that support and advocate and are provided by a dedicated team of peer volunteers.    

Address - 54 Power Ave, Ashwood VIC 3147 

Telephone- 0432 150 799 


Aspie Rebels - Are you in Melbourne? On the autism spectrum? Just don't fit in anywhere?
Totally OVER being type-cast and misunderstood?. If you want to be totally accepted, bringing whatever weirdness you are, and meet others on the spectrum who just wanna do fun stuff-- then this might be the group for you. Aspie Rebels do sporadic social things, geeky things, intellectual stuff, and therapeutic events. 

Social group for Older Teens/Adults. 

Autism Actually -  Autism Actually is a consultancy and mentoring business based in Victoria, that provides workshops and presentations on Autism in Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary settings. They provide mentoring services for staff, family members, and Autistic individuals from a range of age groups. 

Contact via their webpage

Autism advisory & support service -  AASS was established in 2007 to empower children and adults with autism and their families through knowledge and support, and to positively impact and influence their social and  emotional development.

Address - 88 Memorial Ave, Liverpool NSW 2170

24 Hour support Line 1300 222 777  (Australia wide)   

General inquiries - (02) 9601 2844 

Autism camp Australia -  Autism camp Australia aims to improve the health and well being of autistic young people and their families through the provision of accessible and supported respite-break camp experiences, therapies and life skills development. An opportunity for the whole family to have a holiday together.

Telephone - (02) 6684 9304.

Contact via web page

Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT) -   ASPECT Is the largest service provider for people on the Autism spectrum. ASPECT is the national peak body (formerly The Autism Council of Australia) 

Locations throughout Australia.

Telephone- 1800 277 328 

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Autism specific Early Learning and care centre -  The center is located in the Margot Prior Wing of the La Trobe University Community Children’s Centre, and was established in partnership with the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre to undertake joint research and knowledge translation. This exceptional facility, to be known as the Margot Prior Autism Intervention Centre, caters for young autistic children (aged 0 to 6) who receive early intervention and care within both specialised and inclusive settings each day. 

Address -  Bundoora VIC 3083 

Telephone -  (03) 9479 2122 



 Austism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC) -  ASELCC Tasmania ensure that young children with a diagnosis or symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder are able to access high quality early learning within a day care setting.  ASELCC  is Run by St Giles.

Address - Level 1, 34 Alexander Street, Burnie  Tasmania 7320

Telephone -  (03) 6454 1222 

Autism Tasmania - Autism Tasmania aims to support Tasmanians on the autism spectrum and those who support them so they may achieve the best outcomes. 

 Locations

  • Hobart: (03) 6231 2745
  • Launceston: (03) 6344 1212 

Bendigo Autism Asperger Group - (BAAG) is a local support group that was started in 1996 with a small number of parents getting together and deciding to meet monthly.  At that time the group was called Bendigo Autism Family Support Group (BAFSG).  

Address -  Bendigo Autism Asperger Group PO Box 439
BENDIGO, VIC 3552 

Contact via Web page

Different Journeys - ASD Social groups. Their mission is to empower young people with ASD by providing them with a social platform that fosters an environment for them to create positive connections, feeling of inclusion, and linking families with services and support! 

Location throughout Victoria

Telephone -  0490 774 068 

Irabina Autism Services  Irabina provides specialist services to help every young person who has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) find their own success and independence. Their vision is to transform the lives of families and young people facing the challenges of ASD.  

Address -  193 Bayswater Rd, Bayswater, Victoria

Telephone -  (03) 9720 1118 

I Can Network -  The I CAN Network is an organisation that empowers people on the Autism Spectrum with an 'I CAN' attitude. Offering both in school programs and online mentoring groups.

Australia wide

contact via thier web page.I

Keeley’s Cause -  provides iPads for children diagnosed with Autism and Intellectual disabilities. The cause was established by Keeley and her mother Sharon after seeing firsthand the benefits technology can bring to children with Autism and Intellectual disabilities. 

Contact Via web page 

 Learning for Life -  Learning for Life aims to provide the highest standard of ABA-based services to help children with ASD and their families reach their full potential, regardless of their financial circumstances. 

Address - 25-27 High Street South, Kew, VIC 3101  

Telephone- (03) 9853 4607 

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Mansfield Autism statewide services - Mansfield Autism Statewide Services is a unique and highly regarded, skilled service in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders.It exists to provide education and empowerment for those with ASD.

Address - 81 Highett Street, Mansfield Vic 3722 

Telephone - (03) 5775 2876

Noahs Ark -  Noah’s Ark is a community organisation based in Victoria and the ACT.  They offer a range of services and programs that support families who have a child (aged 0-8) with a disability or additional needs. 

Address - Victoria and ACT.

Telephone -  1800 819 140

Occupational Therapy Australia -  If you are looking for a local occupational therapist in your region then OTA’s Find an OT directory lists occupational therapists working in private practice settings throughout Australia.

Use the link to access the OTA's site 

Sameview -  Sameview have developed a solution that will support the coordination of care. The sameview app allows carers to track some of the most stressful parts of regular appointments against goals and milestones. 

Download the app or contact them Via their website.

Spectrum Journey -   Spectrum Journey are passionate about seeing families thrive and for educational settings to be safe, warm and beautifully inclusive so that everyone gets an opportunity to learn, grow and participate well. 

Address - 15/286-288 Maroondah Hwy, Chirnside Park  VIC  3116

Contact via web page

 St Giles -  St Giles is a, multi-faceted organisation that supports people of all ages with a wide range of needs. This includes children and adults with developmental delays and disabilities.

Address -  65 Amy Road, Launceston Tasmania 7250 

Telephone -  (03) 6345 7333 

Freecall: 1300 278 445  

 (1300 2stgiles) 

Sue Larkey - Educator and Author, Sue Larkey is dedicated and passionate about her mission – to inspire parents and educators and teach them how to Make it a Success. Sue Larkey is uniquely positioned within the education system having taught both as a primary school teacher and a special education teacher. Sue has her online shop and regularly tours Australia.

Address - PO Box 20,Artarmon NSW 1570

Telephone -  0433 660 379

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)  - The NDIA is an independent statutory agency. Our role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which will support a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability and their families and carers. 

Telephone - 1800 800 110

The Tree house Autism family support group -  The Treehouse Geelong offers Support Groups, Social Groups, Family Fun Days and much more. They are volunteers providing a free service to families in the Geelong region.

Contact via web page

Yellow Lady bugs -  Yellow Ladybugs is an Autistic-led non-government organisation with strong bridges to the community. They are dedicated to the happiness, success and celebration of autistic girls and women.

Nation Wide

Contact via web page 

Equine andTherapy Animals

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Center for service therapy dogs Australia -  The center for service and therapy dogs Australia (CSTDA) is focused on working with specifically trained dogs within mutually defined programs, to assist people to achieve predefined therapeutic and educational goals .

Locations Nationwide

Telephone - 0458458541

Email  -  info@cstda.com.au 

Melbourne Equine Assisted Counselling - Melbourne Equine Assisted Counselling works with individuals, couples and groups offering sessions for children, teens and adults. Equine Assisted Counselling is a form of therapy where the horse acts as a co-facilitator and is a holistic alternative to traditional room based therapies.  

Address- Pearcedale Road, Cranbourne South, Victoria 3977

Telephone - 0434 437 637 

Horses for Hope -  People and horses work together in a safe and therapeutic environment to foster self efficacy, empathy, resilience and emotional management. 

Address - 840 Ardmona Road, Mooroopna North Victoria 3629

Telephone - 0417541778

Righteous pups -  RPA exists to train dogs for Autism Assistance, Medical Alert and Therapy roles, which empower children, young people and adults, and their families, to live with greater independence and quality of life. 

Address -  P.O. Box 429 Golden Square
Victoria 3555 

Telephone -  (03) 5435 4108 

Riding for the disabled association of Victoria -  Since 1970, RDAV has been a community-driven not-for-profit that enables people with disability of all ages and backgrounds to experience freedom and independence through equestrian activities. 

Find a center via web page

Wedgatail rides -  Specialises in creating beautiful and conscious connections between people and horses. Their horses provide people of all abilities with the opportunity to experience, learn and heal with horses  – all in a natural environment.  They work with children and adults. 

Address - 205 Parkinsons Rd, Launching Place, 3139 

Telephone -  0417 312 602

Photography

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Dallas Lea Photography -  Melbourne sensory friendly photographer. Dallas Lea is an experienced photographer for families with special needs.   

Telephone -  0429 182 485     

Larissa Hill photography - Melbourne child and family photographer. Larissa also specialises in photographing kids with special needs.

Telephone - 0412 615 097


Treloar Creations - Friendly Photographers for children and families based in Williams Landing, Vic. they take the time to get you the images that you want. With three children of their own, including a daughter with ASD,  they understand that things don’t always go as parents wish!

Treloar understand that some children need a little extra time to be comfortable around strangers, or may have sensory or other issues that make them a little more interesting than other children. 

Location - Williams Landing 

Telephone - Jennifer  0422 092 812 

                     Lance     0407 266 599 

Places of Interest and Social Scripts

We rock the spectrum -   We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gyms will provide Darebin families with a place of acceptance, where ALL kids can be themselves and benefit from expert play equipment and staff, in an affordable way. They are excited to bring these sensory spaces to the community in Preston and all around the country. 

Address 378-380 Gilbert Rd, Preston VIC 3072, Australia 

Telephone -  (03) 9042 3115 

Healesville Sancturary  - Healesville Sanctuary is part of Zoos Victoria and is a world leading conservation organisation that is dedicated to fighting wildlife extinction.   

Address - Glen Eadie Ave, Healesville Vic 3777 

Telephone - 1300 966 784

Resources from zoos Victoria web page. 

Hobart Airport -  Hobart Airport want all guests to be as comfortable as possible. That’s they have collaborated with Autism Tasmania to create visual Social Story journeys. 

Melbourne International airport - Melbourne airport has recently implemented the Hidden Disability Program for it’s International Terminal to assist you on your journey through their International terminals.

Address -  Departure drive, Melbourne Airport 3045

Telephone - (03) 9297 1600 

Resources From Melbourne Airport web page

Melbourne Museum -  Is one of Victoria's largest Museum showcasing permanent collections and brings you brilliant temporary exhibitions from near and far. Melbourne museum is an Autism friendly Museum. 

Address - 11 Nicholson st, Carlton 3053

Telephone - 131102 

Resources from Melbourne Museum web page

Melbourne Zoo -  Melbourne Zoo is a world leading  conservation organisation that is dedicated to fighting wildlife extinction. 

Address - Elliott Avenue, Parkville, 3052  

Telephone- 1300 966 784 

Resources from Zoos Victoria Web page.

The National Gallery of Victoria - The NGV warmly welcomes, children, teens and families. 

Address 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 3000

Telephone - (03) 8620 2222  

Resources from NGV web page

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Parks Victoria -  Parks Victoria is working to increase the accessibility of its parks for people on the autism spectrum. 

Locations and Social scripts Via Parks web page

Contact via web page

Sea Life Melbourne - Melbournes underwater aquarium showcasing, sharks, penguins and much more.

Resources via sea life web page

Address - King St, Melbourne Victoria 3000

Contact via Web page.


Science Works -  Science works is an Autism friendly Museum. Exploring and showcasing all things science. It also features a planetarium.

Address - 2 Booker St, Spotswood 3015

Telephone - 131102

Resources from science works web page


Village cinemas - Village cinemas are proud to bring Sensory Friendly Films to people with Autism. Sensory Friendly Films allow families to enjoy their favourite films in a safe and accepting environment with the cinema lights turned up and the sound turned down. Look for the orange "Sensory Friendly Film" icon  next to the session times to see which cinemas and sessions are screening these films.

 Locations 

  • Victoria

Werribee open range Zoo -  An African safari in the city.  Zoos Victoria is a world leading conservation organisation that is dedicated to fighting wild life extinction.

Address -  K Rd, Werribee South, 3030 

Telephone - 1300 966 784  

Resources from Zoos Victoria web page.

Playgroups and Childcare

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Leor  - Leor offers alternative childcare options to a nanny or daycare centres, with flexible arrangements to work around both your needs and those of your child.

 Locations   

  • New South Wales – Sydney metro plus regional and remote areas across the State
  • Australian Capital Territory – entire territory
  • Queensland – Brisbane metro plus regional and remote areas across the State
  • Northern Territory – Darwin metro plus regional and remote areas across the Territory
  • Western Australia – Perth metro plus regional and remote areas across the State
  • Victoria – Melbourne metro plus regional and remote areas across the State

Telephone -  02 9051 0511   

My Time -  MyTime groups are a supportive space for parents to feel understood and share ideas about managing a range of situations. A MyTime group is more than a playgroup, it's a place where parents can meet others in similar situations. 

My Time is facilitated by the department of Social services.

Tasmania - Locations throughout Tasmania

Victoria - Locations throughout Victoria 

Contact Via Web Page.

PlayConnect - PlayConnect is a program run by Play Group Australia.  PlayConnect Playgroups are designed for families of children aged 0-6 years who have unique needs associated with having an Autism Spectrum Disorder  or autism-like characteristics in communication, behaviour or social skills. 

Tasmania - 40 Locations state wide 

Victoria - Locations via web page

Takes a Village - Takes a village is an online social enterprise, connecting families with special behavioral needs with extra special carers. Families helpers, nannies and babysitters.

Contact via web page

Supermarkets

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Coles supermarkets -  Quiet Hour provides a low sensory shopping experience by making changes in store, such as reducing noise and distractions, to help make a difference to customers who find it challenging to shop in a heightened sensory environment.

See Coles web site for participating stores and times.