Terms of Reference - Program Reference Group

Share your experience and assist ASA implement some exciting new programs – Expressions of Interest invited for our Program Reference Group

Background

Asperger Services Australia Ltd (ASA) provides information, linkages, referral and support to people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder Levels 1 (Asperger’s Syndrome) and 2, their families and/or carers.

ASA is committed to the delivery of high quality, effective services that improve the health and wellbeing of individuals with ASD 1 and 2 and those who care for them. ASA values choice, control, self-determination and equitable access to opportunities that support independent living.

ASA recently received funding from the National Disability Insurance Scheme – Information, Linkages and Communication (ILC) – to develop and implement an integrated suite of programs.

The ASA Integrated Development Program (IDP) has four streams:

  1. Life Skills Programs – programs that assist those with ASD 1 and 2 to be able to live an independent life and to integrate into the community. The programs are to be offered at basic and advanced levels
  2. Peer Support Groups – groups that bring people with ASD 1 and 2 together for social activities, learning and peer support
  3. Peer Mentoring Program – matching people with ASD 1 and 2 to older more experienced people with ASD for guidance and advice
  4. Information and Referral Service – providing information via personal contact and online to support people with ASD 1 and 2 and their carers

Purpose of the Reference Group (ASA RG)

The purpose of the ASA RG is to provide strategic advice, expertise and personal insights into ASD 1 and 2 to inform the detailed design and delivery of the program. The ASA RG will:

  • Advise ASA on the current issues and challenges facing those with ASD 1 and 2 and their carers, based on their own lived experiences
  • Provide advice to ASA to help ensure activities are appropriately designed and targeted
  • Provide feedback on work in progress to ensure it is on track

This will ensure the services provided by ASA through the program are credible and of a high standard.

Membership of the ASA RG

  • The RG will be chaired by a member of ASA’s Board of Directors.
  • There will be up to ten (10) members of the group.
  • Members will initially be appointed for a 12 month period.
  • Membership will vary based on the needs of the program as it develops over time.

NB – The ASA IDP is four months in to a three year program.

 Operations of the ASA RG

  • Meetings will take place quarterly, or more regularly if needed, either via Zoom or face-to-face.
  • The Chair will arrange agendas, lead meetings and write and receive correspondence.
  • The ASA IDP Project team will coordinate action items, arrange meeting logistics and take minutes, noting agreed actions and circulate documents.
  • All members will participate in meetings and provide guidance on topic areas.

Roles and Responsibilities

ASA RG members will:

  • Attend all scheduled Reference Group meetings
  • Champion the work of ASA
  • Contribute their skills, knowledge and experience to the design of the ASA IDP

Review and Reporting

For quality assurance purposes the Reference Group will provide progress reports to the ASA Board of Directors. These will be shared with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) who currently provide funding for this program. Progress reports will be co-ordinated by the Project Manager.

Resources and Budget

ASA will provide the resources required to facilitate the meetings (for example, office space and Zoom access). Members will need to have access to their own computer and internet if they wish to participate via Zoom.

There is no financial remuneration for being part of this group however travel expenses to attend meetings will be reimbursed.

Selection Criteria

  1. A diagnosis of ASD levels 1 or 2 or a parent/carer of a person diagnosed with ASD 1 or 2, and/or
  2. A personal understanding of the day to day challenges faced by those with ASD 1 or 2 and a willingness to share your experiences, and/or
  3. A commitment to assisting ASA to develop programs and activities that support people with ASD 1 or 2 and their families/carers.

Next Steps

If you would like to nominate to become part of the ASA IDP Reference Group please complete the Expression of Interest form or speak with either the ASA IDP Project Manager, Tom Moss on 0447 257 177 or ASA’s IDP Project Officer, Sandra Cookland on 07 3865 2911. Expressions of interest can also be emailed to projectmgr@asperger.asn.au – please include a brief cover letter stating your reasons for applying.

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