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Statewide Autistic Services Inc

Service info
Has Social Activities/Day Program
Provides Respite
Works with Children

What we do

In Home Support

In Home – how you want it…support may be for a few hours, a day or overnight. Care can also take place in the participant’s home. Carers can assist with regular activities such as taking a client to the park, movies or physiotherapy appointments. Alternatively, simple respite for the parent or carer may be all that is required. In this situation, activities are catered to the parent.

Support Coordination

Knowing what services you want and need is a great start but it can be a little overwhelming on how to coordinate or find all of the appropriate services. Support Coordinators are funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to help you implement your approved NDIS funding and help you to achieve your goals.

Active Choice (Day Services)

SASI provides Active Choices (previously known as Day Services) for 120 adults (18 years and over) in Seaford, Frankston, Croydon and Gippsland.

Clients usually attend a special development school before transitioning to SASI Active Choices. They may live at home in a family environment or in one of SASI’s group accommodation homes. They may also come from care within another accommodation service.

SASI’s programs run from Monday to Friday. Each program is diverse offering community and in-house activities aimed at building a client’s skills and confidence.


Clients often think of day service like “going to work.”

However, the programs focus on developing skills in:

  • Communication
  • Social interaction
  • Independent living

Each client undergoes an assessment to determine their goals. Clients then receive a program (PCP) delivering steps for realising these goals, which also make the journey enjoyable.

Clients then build capacity through SASI’s collective planning process. The focus is on the individual’s gifts, talents and skills rather than their misgivings. Clients receive more opportunities to engage in community activities to gain an overall sense of belonging.

Activities can include:

  • Music
  • Art
  • Meals on wheels
  • Cooking
  • Domestic maintenance
  • Lawn mowing
  • Community kitchen
  • Drama
  • Swimming
  • Bowling
  • Health and fitness at the gym
  • Computers and literacy
  • Communication
  • Movie club

Recreation & Adventure

SASI offers community-based recreation and respite to families and carers of participants with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Staff are highly trained in dealing with Autism-specific behaviors if and when they arise. All outings are supervised with a participant-to-staff ratios suited to each individuals needs.

SASI’s recreation/respite program participation is funded either by the Department of Health and Human Services or the Nation Disability Insurance Scheme. This funding allows us to provide staff support for

Recreation and Respite Services

SASI offers a variety of community-based recreation/respite services including:

  • School Holiday Programs
  • Camps
  • Saturday Activities
  • School Holiday Programs
  • 1:1 in-home and community-based support
  • Other options as negotiated with SASI’s program coordinator

SASI offers outings for clients with diverse abilities, interests, ages, cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Recent outings included:

  • Melbourne Show
  • Melbourne Star
  • Mornington Railway
  • A range of animal farms
  • Melbourne Zoo

Demand for placement in SASI’s community-based recreation/respite programs is high. There may be a waiting period.

Saturday Activities

SASI runs regular Saturday recreation activities aimed to meet the needs of people with ASD. These are designed to suit groups of people with similar interests, ages and abilities.


SASI hosts two camps per year for people with higher and lower support needs -respectively. Each camp runs for three days and two nights and are usually housed in holiday homes. Most participants are aged 15 and above.

The most recent locations included Sorrento, Phillip Island, Queenscliff and Geelong. The camp program includes some set activities each day. Participants can also choose the local attractions they wish to explore. Typical camp activities include surfing, horse riding, adventure parks, beach walks and BBQs.

Disability Area of Interest

Frankston 3199, VIC (Head Office)

VIC 3199