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.

Governance

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.

Constitution

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

MEET OUR EXTRAORDINARY TEAM

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:

South

  • Courtney Landers
  • Roger O’Meagher
  • Jason Sanderson

North West

  • Krystyna Moyle
  • Amanda Gunders
  • Grant Maloney

North

  • Vacant

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

NDIS Support Coordination Team:

Kerryn Pammenter (Leader)

Kerryn leads our support coordination team from our Head Office in Hobart. Kerryn has a PhD in clinical psychology, has worked in public health and education settings in the UK, and has a life time of experience with disability. She uses her professional experience and her knowledge and understanding of autism and the NDIS to deliver personalised supports to NDIS participants on the autism spectrum.

 

Jamie Mitchell

Jamie works as a Support Coordinator out of our Head Office in Hobart. Jamie has an Associate degree in Applied Health and community support from University of Tasmania and is putting his qualification to use with Autism Tasmania. A father of four adult children he has worked across a variety of industries, including veterinary, medical and tertiary education. Jamie is passionate about working with people to increase and improve the capacity and control of NDIS participants and those who support them to achieve their goals. Jamie brings enthusiasm, curiosity and a positive mindset to his role with Autism Tasmania.

Krystyna Moyle

As a local to the North West of Tasmania, Krystyna operates from our Burnie office. She brings 17 years of experience in the disability sector to her role at Autism Tas. Early in her career she commenced a degree in education, but pivoted when she found her passion in disability. After relocating to QLD in 2007, she further developed her career in disability specialising in supporting people on the autism spectrum, capacity building, advocacy, positive behaviour support and restrictive practise elimination, and progressed to both program and service management. She has recently returned to Tasmania and is utilising her wealth of knowledge and experience to support our participants and the broader autism community in the North West.

(Vacant team position)

Peer Support Network Team:
  • Daniel Zomerdyk
  • Courtney Landers
  • Amanda Gunders
  • Vacant team position (Leader)
Business & Program Coordination Team:
  • Allison Lapham (Business Leader)
  • Izaak de Winter (Accountant)
  • Robyn Davis (Administration)
  • Vacant team position (Program leader)
  • Vacant team position (Office trainee)