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Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is Australia’s leading service provider for autism and other disabilities. Our specialised, evidence informed schools program is the largest in the world, with additional services that include information and advice, diagnostic assessments, behaviour support, parent and family support, and adult programs. We share evidence-informed Aspect practice and applied research nationwide.

Autism is a lifelong disability that affects about one in 100 Australians, or 230,000 people. The word 'spectrum' reflects the different challenges that people with autism face and the degree to which they may be affected.

Our services provide people with autism with the opportunity to realise their unique potential, as well as providing much needed support to their families, carers, friends and colleagues. Our vision is to provide the best possible opportunities for people with autism and other disabilities.

Aspect runs one of the largest autism-specific education program the world, operating nine independent schools with 115 satellite classes and more than 1000 students.

Aspect schools enrol students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from the age of three years and nine months, up to 17 years. The primary focus of Aspect schools is to equip students with the skills to become as independent as possible and enable them to transition into the wider community wherever possible.

Aspect Western Sydney School currently caters for approximately 160 students across the Western and South Western Sydney Region. The school comprises an administrative base at Wetherill Park, which has five infants and primary classes. The school has a range of satellite classes infants/primary located at Smithfield, Fairfield West, Blacktown, Richmond, Kemps Creek and Springwood, with five High School satellite classes located in Marayong, Schofields, Kemps Creek, Castle Hill and Springwood in the Blue Mountains.

  •  The Emmaus Satellite Class comprises of ten students, two girls and eight boys, in Years 7, 8 & 9.
  • Current staffing in the class comprises of two full time Teachers, Miles Carlier and Natalie Roberts and one full time Teacher Aide, Beth Lane.

Satellite classes offer an alternative model of inclusion, in that they enable children on the autism spectrum to adjust at their own pace, become familiar with mainstream environments, gain skills for managing the mainstream environment and to be successful in maintaining mainstream environments once they transition.

As a student within a satellite class, they will initially receive their lessons within the homeroom, which is our classroom within the host school. 

During this time students will receive lessons that are accommodated and adjusted from the host school programs, as well as social skills lessons and lessons tailored to support the students’ individual strengths and needs.

We regularly look for opportunities of inclusion and increased independence for our students. When the students are ready, we begin a process of inclusion within host school lessons. Aspect staff will support the students during these lessons, however, we will continue to look for opportunities for independence.

  •  We currently have students accessing mainstream classes for Science, Religion, Music, Technology and all students are fully included in assemblies, excursions, weekly sport activities, as well as whole school events such as sports carnivals and Emmaus Day.

If you wish to find out more information regarding Aspect Western Sydney School, or what services Aspect offers, please feel free to contact our Office at Wetherill Park on (02) 8786 3000, or via email at westsyd@autismspectrum.org.au

Additionally, please feel free to visit our website https://www.autismspectrum.org.au/school/aspect-western-sydney-school 


 


 
   
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