Stephen Shore coined the phrase
“If you’ve met one person with Autism, you’ve met one person with Autism”.
Different Journeys recognises this because each and everyone’s journey with Autism is different. No two journeys are the same because no one individual is the same.
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.
A future where Autistic people fully participate in public life facilitated by community awareness and understanding.
Different Journeys was born as a need rather than a want. Two parents couldn’t find any supports or services for their teenage children and felt it was essential for their teens to learn the strategies and develop the resilience to rise above the obstacles placed in their way.
The support of all members within Different Journeys is incredible. We would not be what we are today without them. Everyone has a role, and together with the collaboration of our community we are constantly trying to improve the lives of people with autism and their families.
Different Journeys recognises and embraces the richness, strengths and opportunities that diversity brings and encourages and respects a diverse range of individuals and views.
The primary aim of the Peer Support Program for Carers is to empower carers of
Autistic individuals to have more choice and control over supports and services both for themselves and the person they care for.
Carers innately trust carers, those people who have walked a path similar to their
own. At Different Journeys we use a peer support approach to walk alongside carers to enable them to navigate a complicated support system, empower them to take up opportunities and engage with other carer families in similar situations.
Unfortunately, many carers of Autistic people lack the confidence, emotional strength or time to identify and access carer supports and services.
A secondary aim of this Program is to follow up with carers to help link them into
existing supports and services. This person-centred approach provides warm
handovers and helps carers constructively express their needs.
This project is limited to our scope of funding.