About Us – Work in progress

Autism Tasmania is the peak independent voice for the Tasmanian autism community.

We are committed to improving the lives of adults and children on the autism spectrum, their families, and carers; and to improving community awareness, acceptance, and understanding of autism. We work closely with our members and the extended autism community to advocate for equity and fairness. We are a community-based, not-for-profit, incorporated association and registered charity.

Our vision:

Optimal outcomes for all autistic Tasmanians.

Our mission:

  • Create the right conditions for autistic Tasmanians to achieve.
  • Grow community knowledge about autism and how to make a difference.

Our Core Values

Inherent worth: We recognise and celebrate that people on the autism spectrum are valuable members of society, capable of contributing to and enriching the lives of those around them.

Social justice: We value equality and recognise that some people need a greater share of resources in order to have equal opportunity.

Individual Dignity: We value individuality, acknowledge that everyone should be treated with respect, and believe that all people should have the opportunity to be involved in choices relating to their own wellbeing.

Respecting language and identity: We acknowledge the differing views within the autism community for describing autism and respect the right of individuals to choose the language which they believe most powerfully represents them.

Evidence-based practice and policy: We value evidence-based practice and consult with and seek input from the autism community to influence better policy outcomes.

Collaboration and community: We value partnerships with other organisations and celebrate the diversity and achievements of the community we represent.

Professionalism and accountability: We strive to operate our organisation transparently and with the best interests of our members and the Tasmanian autism community in mind.

Meet Our Board

Our organisation is governed by a voluntary board of directors drawn from our membership, with geographic and skills-based representation. The board is responsible for the oversight of the strategic, financial and legal obligations of the entity; and benefits from the professional expertise and lived experience of its members.

Skie Mitchell headshotSkie Mitchell
Chairperson
Philip StEvens headshotPhilip StEvens
Deputy
David Donald headshotDavid Donald
Treasurer
Christine Wright headshotChristine Wright
Secretary
James Baker headshotJames Baker
Board Member
Kieran McDonald headshotKieran McDonald
Board Member
Laura Godfrey headshotLaura Godfrey
Board Member
Lisa-ann Gershwin headshotLisa-ann Gershwin
Board Member
Pip Atkinson headshotPip Atkinson
Board Member

Meet Our Team

Autism Tasmania team members bring together their wide-ranging expertise in pursuit of our vision towards optimal outcomes for the Tasmanian autistic community. Most of us have lived experience with Autism to further fuel the passion.

Donna BlanchardDonna Blanchard
CEO
Allison Lapham headshotAllison Lapham
Business Manager
Amanda Gunders headshotAmanda Gunders
Project Officer
Courtney Landers headshotCourtney Landers
Autism Advisor
Dianna King headshotDianna King
Program Manager – Autism Advisor Service
Grant Maloney headshotGrant Maloney
Autism Advisor
Jamie Mitchell headshotJamie Mitchell
Support Coordinator
Kerryn Pammenter headshotKerryn Pammenter
Program Manager – Support Coordination
Krystyna Moyle headshotKrystyna Moyle
Autism Advisor / Support Coordinator
Robyn Davis headshotRobyn Davis
Project Officer
Roger O'Meagher headshotRoger O’Meagher
Project Officer
Autism Tasmania Constitution (updated October 2021)
Strategic Plan

Annual Reports