In March 2017 the Luke Priddis Foundation opened Western Sydney’s first “Centre for Autism” right in the heart of Penrith. The multi-disciplinary Centre provides support, therapy and advocacy for individuals with Autism Spectrum disorders. The approach is truly unique offering community programs, a state of the art Sensory Room, Parental respite and integrated services including Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Psychology & Diagnosis.
Autism does not discriminate; it touches all cultures and demographics. It is a lifelong developmental condition. As awareness and diagnostic services improve, the age of children diagnosed as on the spectrum has broadened. This means further action needs to be taken increase services and therapies available in Western Sydney. The figures are frightening – 1 in 56 children with be diagnosed with ASD this year! LPF services are all inclusive and aim to assist any community member affected reach their full potential regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, religion or socio-demographic background.
The foundation recognises that this facility plays a vital role in providing ASD families and many others access to social, medical and welfare services. Being accepted, fitting in, self-confidence, emotional awareness, reaction regulation and general cognitive skills addressed in the foundations programs that have lifelong benefits to participants. By supporting these families, facilitating evidence-based and specialised treatment programs and encouraging awareness of the cause, we create a vibrant and all-embracing community.