Autism Tasmania is pleased to support Peer Networks that help all members of the Autistic community connect and socialise while supporting each other to learn and grow.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller.
Helen Keller was an author, disability rights advocate, political activist and lecturer. Helen reminds us that we are only as powerful as we try to be. Together, the power that we possess is multiplied and radiated throughout the entire group. We can only do so much as an individual, but together, we can accomplish feats we did not even know were possible.
Autism Tasmania understands that every person has their own unique needs and interests and we are working to expand the range of Peer Groups available Statewide for members of the Autism community.
Are you interested in joining, coordinating or facilitating a peer group?
Without the support of extraordinary community leaders Autism Tasmania would not be able to make a difference to the Autistic Community. Autism Tasmania acknowledges with deep appreciation the significant contribution of the many individuals who volunteer their time and resources to coordinate peer group meetings.
Current Peer Network options include:
- Peer Support The Autistic Way
- Parent Information Sessions
- Autism Warriors
- Northern Adult Group
- The A.R.T. Project
- Rosebery Carer Peer Support Group
Peer Support The Autistic Way (Project update: March 2021)
What is Peer Support the Autistic Way?
“Peer Support the Autistic Way” is a project that aims to provide meaningful ways for adults on the autism spectrum to connect with each other. The project is co-designed by adults on the autism spectrum.
The peer support programs are informal, non-therapeutic groups for autistic adults to meet regularly in a space where they can be themselves, have fun, support each other, and share interests, skills and information. The groups are facilitated by autistic adults who are passionate about the benefits of peer support.
This project is funded by Autism Tasmania and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), but you do not need to be an NDIS participant to be involved.
What have we done so far?
- After a period of research, resource development, recruitment, training and planning, we launched two trial groups in Hobart. The Hobart Young Adult Group and the Hobart Over 25s Group
- Both groups are now full, however as they develop spaces may become available. We plan to start new groups across the state after a period of evaluation.
What are we doing now?
- We have just appointed Daniel Zomerdyk as Coordinator of our autistic-led peer support program. Daniel has been involved with Autism Tasmania as an Autistic Consultant within our training program for several years, and is also the Co-Facilitator of the Hobart Young Adult Group. As someone on the spectrum, Daniel is passionate about seeing the community expand to create a space for people to find a sense of belonging.
- We are developing further resources for our Facilitators. We are working with:
- Working it Out for LGBTQI+ Inclusiveness
- Amovita for Accidental Counselling
- We are continuing to evaluate our pilot model as preparation for launching new groups.
If you would like to be kept informed about the progress of Peer Support the Autistic Way, please contact Daniel Zomerdyk – Coordinator (email@example.com).
If you would like to express an interest in joining a PSAW project peer group please submit this form
Parent Information Sessions
Parent Information Sessions cover a wide variety of topics related to autism and cater for families of children of all ages. See our events listings page for details of upcoming sessions in your area.
Facebook Peer support group for parents.
Occasional in-person activities in Hobart. Contact the organisers for current details.
Search for Autism Warriors Tasmania on Facebook.
Northern Adult Group
Peer support group for adults on the autism spectrum
Date: Meet second Saturday of the month
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Venue: Autism Tasmania Office – 39 Tamar Street, Launceston
Sometimes the group meets for a picnic or other activities in different places. If you are interested in joining this group please send your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will keep you informed.
The A.R.T. Project (Autism Related Talk)
Rosebery Carer Peer Support Group
Casual get together, chat over a cuppa, and the occasional speakers and activities.
Venue: Rosebery Community Centre
Contact: Kathryn 0475 589 711
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