About Us

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 improve 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 we 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.


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.


Board Members

  • Kieran McDonald (Chairperson) chairperson@autismtas.org.au
  • David Donald (Treasurer)
  • James Baker
  • Dr Lisa-Ann Gershwin
  • Laura Godfrey
  • Skie Mitchell
  • Philip StEvens
  • Christine Wright (Secretary)

Annual Reports

Strategic Plan


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

Autism Tasmania CEO – Donna Blanchard ceo@autismtas.org.au

Autism Advice Team:


  • Courtney Landers
  • Roger O’Meagher
  • Jason Sanderson

North West

  • Krystyna Moyle
  • Amanda Gunders


  • Mellissa Radford
  • Lisa Foote

(meet the team here…)

Learning & Development Team:
  • Robyn Thomas (Leader)
  • Amanda Gunders
  • Roger O’Meagher
  • Jason Sanderson
  • Lisa Foote

(meet the team here…)

NDIS Support Coordination Team:
  • Kerryn Pammenter (Leader)
  • Krystyna Moyle
  • Jamie Mitchell
  • Mellissa Radford

(meet the team here…)

Peer Support Network Team:
  • Vacant (Leader)
  • Daniel Zomerdyk
  • Courtney Landers
  • Amanda Gunders

(meet the team here…)

Business & Program Coordination Team:
  • Vacant (Program leader)
  • Allison Lapham (Business Leader)
  • Izaak de Winter (Accountant)
  • Robyn Davis (Administration)
  • Maree Morgan (ILC Program)
  • Vacant (Office trainee)