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VISION:

A community where everyone living with Autism is able to live the life they choose.

MISSION STATEMENT:

To enhance the lives of individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders in their own communities by:
♥ Providing holistic support to individuals and families
♥ Partnering, aligning and collaborating with existing organisations with similar values
♥ Sharing our success with other support networks, and pioneering positive change and improved regional services through these meaningful partnerships
♥ Creating and improving choice and control in social and respite opportunities
♥ Building community participation, inclusion and contribution for all people with disabilities, through improved understanding and acceptance

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Carers Week 2017

Carers Week 2017

19 September 2017

15-21 October 2017
FREE Movie tickets for carers at Orana Cinemas Busselton

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SWAN Annual General Meeting 2017

SWAN Annual General Meeting 2017

14 September 2017

6.00pm Wednesday 18th October 2017
at RSM Australia Boardroom
U2/2 Fairbairn Rd, Busselton WA 6280

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Training Opportunities

Training Opportunities

01 September 2017

Upcoming workshops and training opportunities

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Entertainment Book 2017/2018

Entertainment Book 2017/2018

03 May 2017

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Order your entertainment book now! 20% of the proceeds contribute to SWAN. Please help us support people with autism and their families in your local area.

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Autism Diagnosis in WA

Autism Diagnosis in WA

01 May 2017

I think I / my child might be autistic. What do I do now?

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Autism Acceptance Month

Autism Acceptance Month

01 April 2017

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April is Autism Acceptance Month. What can you do?
Find out more here...

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Have Your Say!

Have Your Say!

14 March 2017

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What do you want from SWAN?

Take our 5-10 minute survey to tell us how we can improve our services.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

08 March 2017

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9.00am to 5.00pm Thursdays 11th & 18th May 2017
at Milligan Community Learning & Resource Centre, Bunbury

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Y.E.S. Program

Y.E.S. Program

01 February 2017

Youth Engaging Successfully (YES Program) is a social group program for teenagers and young adults with autism spectrum conditions. There are currently three groups providing a fantastic opportunity for teenagers with autism to relax, learn, and build friendships with like-minded peers in a safe and supported environment.

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Job Vacancy

Job Vacancy

08 January 2017

Applications Closed

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SWAN Quiz Night 2017

SWAN Quiz Night 2017

07 January 2017

6.30pm Saturday 21st January 2017
$10 per ticket or $70 for a table of 8
Tickets available at Callows Newsagency

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Thermomix Raffle

Thermomix Raffle

01 December 2016

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Winner is Georgina Johnson
Drawn 24th December 2016

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Mums' Day Out 2016

Mums' Day Out 2016

21 November 2016

10.00am to 5.00pm
Saturday 3rd December 2016

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Dads Camp 2016

Dads Camp 2016

21 October 2016

A relaxing bloke's weekend getting to know other dads of kids with autism.

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Mums' Camp 2016

Mums' Camp 2016

26 September 2016

A relaxing weekend camp where mums have the opportunity to connect with other mums of kids with autism.

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Entertainment Book

Entertainment Book

01 June 2016

Order your Entertainment Book Now! 20% of the proceeds contribute to SWAN. Help us support people with autism and their families in your local region.

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AutStars

AutStars

30 March 2016

AutStars is a fortnightly social group program for primary school aged children with autism spectrum conditions. There are currently three groups providing a fantastic opportunity for kids with autism to relax, learn, and build friendships with like-minded peers in a safe and supported environment.

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Positive Partnerships - Bunbury

Positive Partnerships - Bunbury

27 March 2016

Working together to support school aged students on the autism spectrum. A FREE workshop for parents, carers or grandparents.

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NDIS MyWay NoDISadvantage Forum

NDIS MyWay NoDISadvantage Forum

06 March 2016

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1.00pm-4.00pm Saturday 19th March at Abbey Beach Resort, Busselton

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Summer Programs 2015-16

Summer Programs 2015-16

29 December 2015

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School Holiday Programs available for kids in the south west region. Early years, primary school age, adolescents and young adults.

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Emergency and Disaster Readiness

Emergency and Disaster Readiness

28 December 2015

Tips for being prepared and supporting someone with autism or other disability in an emergency or natural disaster.

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A.G.M. 2015

A.G.M. 2015

04 November 2015

1.30pm Thursday 26th November 2015

Disability Services Commission Meeting Room
Unit 2 / 88 Kent St, Busselton WA 6280

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Xmas Party 2015

Xmas Party 2015

03 November 2015

10.30am - 3.00pm
Sunday 6th December 2015
Yallingup Maze

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Planning & Making Choices Workshop

Planning & Making Choices Workshop

01 October 2015

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Presented by Bob Jackson
BUSSELTON - Monday 26th October 2015
MARGARET RIVER - Tuesday 27th October 2015

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Making Changes Through Goal Setting

Making Changes Through Goal Setting

17 July 2015

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As parents if we want things to change in our life, we have to decide to make things change. Participants will take home a workbook that will help you set and achieve goals independently.

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What makes a website autism friendly?

What makes a website autism friendly?

15 July 2015

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CANCELLED DUE TO INSUFFICIENT NUMBERS
Autism CRC Workshop for young adults with autism
"Co-production of an ASD friendly website: Development of Processes and Usability Testing"

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GBRG Quiz Night

GBRG Quiz Night

01 July 2015

It's on again! The Geographe Business Referral Groups second quiz night fund raiser Quiz night with proceeds going to SWAN (South West Autism Network) will be held on Saturday the 18th of July at the Busselton Bowling Club.

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Autism Research Project

Autism Research Project

18 April 2015

Phase One is a large scale comprehensive survey for children with autism aged 2-18yrs throughout WA. Phase Two is the trial of an iPad App as an early intervention therapy tool for children with autism aged 2-6yrs.

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Planning & Making Choices Workshop

Planning & Making Choices Workshop

16 April 2015

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BUSSELTON
Tuesday 16th June 2015

BRIDGETOWN
Wednesday 17th June 2015

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Turning 16 and Disability Support (Financial Assistance)

Turning 16 and Disability Support (Financial Assistance)

01 January 2015

When your child turns 16, Centrelink treats them as an adult. Carer's Allowance (Under 16yrs) payments stop, and you (or your child) may need to apply for other disability support payments and additional forms. Find out more here.

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Preparing for Employment

Preparing for Employment

01 January 2015

BUSSELTON - Monday 23rd March 2015

DDWA invites you to come along to one of these highly practical and interactive workshops for parents wanting to better understand the kind of support they can provide to their son or daughter to help them gain meaningful employment.

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Home Schooling

Home Schooling

30 October 2014

For anyone thinking about home schooling their child, there is a lot to consider. Being armed with information about your options and the resources and supports available can make the entire adventure a great deal less intimidating.

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A.G.M. 2014

A.G.M. 2014

01 October 2014

5.30pm-6.30pm
Wednesday 29th October 2014
at RSM Bird Cameron
U2 / 2 Fairbairn Rd, Busselton

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Skill Development

Skill Development

18 July 2014

The Autism Association of WA are taking expressions of interest for an early intervention and school age program to be held in Busselton during the Term 3 school holidays this year. Therapy sessions will be run by their experienced clinical team, including speech pathologists and occupational therapists.

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Yates Family Story

Yates Family Story

26 May 2014

Our family's autism journey began back in 2008. Jack was officially diagnosed at eighteen months. He wasn't meeting his milestones and didn't speak his first word until three years of age, well in to his early intervention programme. He lined things up, colour coordinated things, liked sitting in the bath under cold taps for minutes at a time, walked around flicking lights on & off, flapped his hands and tip toed, didn't like to be looked at or talked to, constantly screamed to get attention or have needs met, disliked too much noise and bright lights, woke up numerous times during the night distressed, ate limited foods and the list went on. We had such a great start to his programme with the outstanding help from his lovely therapy assistant.

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Our Story - the history of SWAN

Our Story - the history of SWAN

16 May 2014

SWAN was founded in 2009, when Deborah Cant and Tish Merifield met with the support of their Local Area Coordinators from Disability Services Commission, shortly after Deborah's daughter was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and the family moved to Dunsborough from Perth.

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