A key support service for more than 2000 people affected by autism and Asperger’s syndrome has been saved by a last-minute merger after funding changes sparked by the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme cast doubt over its future.
Autism Asperger ACT services are to be folded into a specialised autism unit run by Canberra-based organisation Marymead under a move hoped to bolster support for children and families.
Chief executive Rhonda Penney said changes to the disability sector funding model had forced the governance committee to consider closing down the organisation, a move that would have been “disastrous” for families who depended on its services.
“By transferring service delivery to us we’re able to provide continuity of care and staff,” she said.
Source: The Canberra Times