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Adult Autism Services

MELBOURNE

Community College

MELBOURNE

In 2021 we officially launched our Adult Autism Services program in Melbourne with seed funding from Bendigo Bank. We were delighted to expand our Victorian services to support young adults leaving high school in response to the need for an autism specific program.

Semray Ali

Semray Ali

National Director of Adult Autism Services
BAppSci(OT)

Semray graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (OT) in 2010 and has been working at Giant Steps since 2012.

As an Occupational Therapist, Semray worked across all programs from K-12 before moving into the Adult Autism Services program in 2015. Semray completed her longitudinal training through the Institute of Applied Behaviour Analysis and is currently a registered Behaviour Support Practitioner.

In addition to her role as Director of Adult Autism Services at Giant Steps, Semray helps manage her family business; a boarding house for adults with mental illness. Semray’s experience and passion drive her to deliver the best possible opportunities for adults living with autism and their families.

AASGSM embraces the Giant Steps philosophy, whilst maintaining an adult services perspective.

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Adult Autism Services by Giant Steps Melbourne is an NDIS approved centre and community based program for adults with autism. AASGSM employs a fresh perspective for adults with autism; integrating a multi-disciplinary model and person-centered (PCP) approach.  AASGSM is open to students graduating from the Giant Steps Melbourne Secondary Program, as well as to other young adults with autism from the wider community.

AASGSM employs a variety of trained professionals including; occupational therapists, speech therapists, behaviour support practitioners (IABA approach) and outdoor recreation professionals.

Participants have the opportunity to be a part of a wide variety of programs with the intention of promoting self-determination and independence. The typical day includes a combination of onsite and offsite activities which are tailored to the individual using PCP principles. Some of the services include:

  • Community Participation & Life Skills Programs – a range of centre based & community based programs including a work education certificate at Box Hill TAFE.
  • Work Experience Programs – unpaid and paid work – partnering with several different organisations including All Things Equal café.
  • Outdoor Education – a range of outdoor activities to assist in maintaining emotional regulation and physical health.
  • Therapy Services – occupational therapy and speech therapy – assessments, reports, program development, program implementation, consultation, staff training and much more.
  • Behaviour Support Services – consultations, reports, plans and staff training.
  • Glow Candles Project – delivers a structured vocational training program for adults with autism, building the capacity of participants across a range of skills from handcrafting candles to delivering orders. View Glow Candles here.

Please support Giant Steps through a tax deductible donation and help change the lives of children and young and adults with autism.