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About Melbourne’s West ASD Network

Hello and thanks for visiting our website! My name is Jody and I am mum to three amazing autistic boys. I created MWASD Network at the beginning of 2017 to bring together local people and to build a community of support and connections in Melbourne’s western suburbs. I never thought it would grow to such a big, amazing group and I am so proud of how it has evolved.

During the school terms we run a monthly Kids Club in Newport which is a free get together and all members of our group are welcome to attend. Kids Club is all about kids having fun and hanging out in a comfortable, non-judgement environment where they can be themselves and relax. Some chose to bring their iPads and play online games together, while some chose to play alone. We also have an amazing mum named Mel who organises all of our craft activities and we have made so many awesome creations from slime, to pinatas, to jewellery boxes and so much more. Parents can relax and have a cuppa and a chat – and if they are up for the challenge there is usually a game of dominoes that they can join in too.

I am so thankful that we have some absolutely wonderful parents who help with running the group and always put their hands up for our fundraisers which have included a fabulous trivia night, Bunnings Sausage Sizzles, chocolate sales etc plus collecting donations for our group. As of March 2018 we officially became a Not-For-Profit organisation and all of our funds go directly towards the running of the group (insurance etc), Kids Club activities and room hire, plus our super awesome Christmas Party which is free for all members to attend.

Anyone living in Melbourne’s West who is a parent or carer of kids on the spectrum is welcome to join our online Facebook group which is a fantastic resource of information, advice and support. If you are not on Facebook, feel free to sign up to the newsletter and you will be notified of our upcoming events and news.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read this, if you would like any further information please feel free to email me any time.

Jody Mehlhopt
Founder & President
Melbourne’s West ASD Network

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