Remote Connect ProjectTo improve the quality of life for those affected by disabilities by providing weekly support sessions, information and connections via a closed and private web service.
A conversation with a remote Special Education School Teacher prompted thoughts and discussions about how ASA (Asperger Services Australia Ltd) could assist and support carers, families and individuals with disabilities in remote areas of Queensland.
We discussed the fact that distance really is a barrier to ensuring people have access to relevant information, timely support and access to professionals and informative seminars.
Consequently, we are trialing a Remote Connect project using easily accessible, existing technology to link primary carers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Level 1 & 2, in rural and remote areas. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for those affected by disabilities by providing weekly support sessions, information and connections via a closed and private web service.
Are that there will be:
- Improvements in the mental health of the target audience.Support groups offer an opportunity to share experiences and strategies with others. The value of knowing you are not alone and that a large community exists that knows and understands you and are travelling a similar road, has a huge benefit on mental health, education, personal development, self-efficacy and personal safety.
- Improvements in access and equity to professional support for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders Level 1 & 2. Providing access to Allied Health Professionals through an alternate medium, increases the opportunity to discuss specific issues and strategies on a regular basis, not just when a visiting professional is in town. Regular contact, information sharing and support is central to successful outcomes.
In the conduct of the sessions we will draw on our experience and success with support groups at our Centre in Brisbane. We anticipate the sessions will be as engaging and informative via this new, web-based method of communication.
At the completion of the project, an evaluation will be conducted of the total program to assess the processes, outcomes and impact. The findings of the evaluation will be documented in a report, with recommendations for the future.
The data we collect via the surveys will be anonymous but will be used to assist us in future phases of the project.
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This project is being funded by the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.