Monthly Peer Support Social Services

Different Journeys

Autism Social Group

Stephen Shore coined the phrase, “If you’ve met one person with Autism, you’ve met one person with Autism”.  Different Journeys is reflective of this because each and everyone’s journey with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is different. No two journeys are the same because no one individual is the same.

 




TEENS Autism Social Group

Our logos were created by a parent of a child with ASD. They can be interpreted in many ways either as talking marks and or people socialising.


18+ ADULTS Autism Social Groups

Different Journeys specialises in helping teens and adults living with ASD, and their families, to come together and socialise in a safe and supportive environment with the aim to share the journey, celebrate, connect, and create positive communities.


EMPOWER. MENTOR. INCLUSION

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Our Purpose

To provide social platforms that connect autistic youth and autistic adults and their families in inclusive safe and supportive environments.

This enables us to provide individualised wraparound supports to decrease the prevalence of mental illness and social isolation in the autism community and enhance their employment and education opportunities.  It also creates a place for the broader community to embrace, learn from and empower the autism community.

Our Vision

A future where autistic people fully participate in public life facilitated by community awareness and understanding.

Our Mission

To create ways for the autism community to connect, empower and support each other and exchange isolation, prejudice and ignorance with connections, hope and community.  We support Celebrations.  We provide Connections.  We create Communities.

Meet The Team

Testimonials

PARENTS

“I have two boys on the spectrum and it’s great to see them both so comfortable and happy amongst their peers and they both look forward to the following months catch up. It’s not often we get to go out as a family so these nights benefit us parents as well as the kids,”
Alex Edwards
“Everyone needs to find their tribe, other people who speak the same language and just ‘get’ each other. For young people living with ASD attending the Different Journey’s Dinner offers the opportunity to meet other members of their tribe,”
Tracy-Ann Pettigrew

PROFESSIONALS

“The group can also be an advocacy group to help the understanding and services for those with ASD,”
Tony Attwood
Clinical Psychologist
“These social outings help teens and young adults develop important life skills which they can transfer to other situations in the community,”
Richard Eisenmajer
Clinical Psychologist

COMMUNITY

“Club Kilsyth is proud to host the Different Journeys ASD functions, and these dinners also assist our staff to better understand aspects of people living with ASD,”
Laura
Club Kilsyth Functions Manager
“Having had the privilege of attending Different Journeys ASD Social Group dinners, I can attest to the genuine opportunity that these events provide for teenagers and adults to connect with like-minded individuals and feel included in the community,”
Michael Sukkar
federal Member for Deakin

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We support celebrations, we provide connections, and we create communities


Contact Us

We DO NOT provide emergency assistance.
 
If you require assistance, please contact:
 
Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
Suicide Line – 1300 651 251
Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636
Lifeline Australia – 13 11 14
Police, Fire, Ambulance – 000
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