A NEW facility to support people with autism could open in Port Stephens if the long-term vision of one passionate resident is achieved.
Les Merrett is holding a community meeting next week to garner interest in creating a respite and training facility that would help families and carers of people on the autism spectrum.
Mr Merrett has a special connection to the issue because his son Dylan, 11, is severely autistic.
He started up the charity Autism Action two years ago after talking to many families with autistic children who weren’t coping.
“The facility would be located at the Palms Golf Course,” said Mr Merrett, who is a resident there.
“At the moment there are extremely limited facilities, this would include a function room and some units for people to come and stay.
“Along with respite, it would also be a place where they could come and get some strategies to cope.
“It will need staff and offer some services like speech therapy and occupational therapy.”
The meeting will be held on August13 at 11am at the golf course. People can reply or get more information by email (address below) or by liking and posting on the “Autism Action” Facebook page.
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