Adult Autism Services

SYDNEY

Community College

SYDNEY

As Giant Steps entered its 14th year of operation, it became clear that there was a need for an autism-specific service provision for young adults leaving high school as there were very limited services available.

Chris Wood

Chris Wood

Adult Autism Services Director

Chris Wood holds a Bachelor of Arts (Key Program in Psychology) and a Master’s degree in Disability Studies.

Chris began work at Giant Steps in 2012 to gain experience in the disability sector as part of his psychology pathway, but after falling in love with the program, he proceeded to further his studies in the field of adult disability.

In 2013, Chris began his Master’s in Disability Studies through the University of Newcastle and completed this in 2015. Chris was able to implement changes across the Adult Autism Services program, in accordance with knowledge acquired from his front line experience and from the theoretical basis gained from his studies.

In 2016, Chris was appointed to the Directors position and has not looked back.  Chris’s passion is working with individual community participation programs and providing age appropriate opportunities for young adults with autism. He is keen to take the Adult Autism Services program to the next level over the coming years.

 

In 2009, Giant Steps established the GS Community College (GSCC) to address the need for a post-school program tailored for young adults with autism.

In 2016, the NDIS rolled out and Giant Steps’ hybrid model struggled to ‘fit’ into what the NDIA had pigeon holed as a post-school program for young adults with autism.  In 2018, GS Community College was rebranded as Adult Autism Services by Giant Steps (AASGS); not changing its approach, rather better aligning with the NDIA’s service terminology.

Adult Autism Services by Giant Steps is an NDIS approved centre and community based program for young adults with autism.  AASGS employs a fresh perspective for young adults with autism; integrating a multi-disciplinary model and person-centered (PCP) approach.  AASGS is open to students graduating from the GS Secondary Program, as well as to other young adults with autism from the wider community.

The AASGS operates from 8:45am to 3:45pm (Monday – Friday) and currently has an age range of 18 – 30 years old.  AASGS have employed a wide variety of trained professionals including; occupational therapists, speech therapist, music therapist, behaviorist (IABA approach), outdoor recreation professionals and many other professionals.

Participants have the opportunity to be a part of a wide variety of programs with the intention of promoting self-determination and independence.  The typical day includes a combination of onsite and offsite activities which are tailored to the individual using PCP principles.  Some of the services include:

  • Community Participation & Life Skills Programs – centre based & community based programs.
  • Therapy Services – occupational therapy, speech therapy and music therapy – assessments, reports, program development, program implementation, consultation, staff training and much more.
  • School Leavers Program (GAP year) – short term transition program (3-12 months).
  • Work Experience Programs – unpaid and paid work – partners with several different organisations.
  • Behaviour Support Services – consultations, reports, plans and staff training.
  • More services will be announced later this year…

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