The Wagga Autism Support Group was started many years ago by Netty Aylward. Netty worked at Tolland Public School with children with disabilities and their families. She started the group to encourage parents to share their experiences and provide each other with much needed support.
In around 2002 she passed the group on to parents to run as a parent group and we started a regular newsletter and continued to meet. The group worked very hard to pull together support from community and politically to open the Aspect Satellite Class (now based at Sacred Heart school). This provides our community with another option in education for children and brings regular contact with Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT).
In 2011 the group came together to officially form the Wagga Autism Support Group Incorporated.
In 2013 the group created the WASG handbook for services listed in Wagga. The group also launched Wagga Wagga's first ever Autism conference for Wagga and surrounds with guest speakers from all over Australia.
Today we continue the monthly newsletters and update parents / carers of any upcoming events and workshops which include our Superhero Walk & Sensory Santa Christmas Photos.
To have a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder takes life as we know it and turns it upside down. There is much to learn for families and it can be a journey filled with anxiety – the Wagga Autism Support Group is there to help families through this time and with the support of the local community it can ease that journey.