Links & Resources
Please click on a relevant heading below to view links to other websites:
Information for New Members
The following pamphlets make up our Information Pack which will help new members learn more about Autism New Zealand, information about Autism Spectrum and the services and education programmes we provide:
Autism New Zealand - 'About Us' pamphlet
Autism Spectrum Disorder pamphlet
Autism Spectrum Disorder - A Parent's Guide pamphlet
'What is Autism' card
Framework for Autism New Zealand (FANZ) pamphlet
Way to Play pamphlet
A Guide for Carers booklet
Informative Websites on ASD
ASD Guidelines Website
Provides information about the New Zealand Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline.
Aspergers provides a range of consulting services (including diagnostic assessment) for adults, teenagers and children with Aspergers Syndrome.
Provides information, current research, free tool kits to download, Autism apps.
Autism Spectrum Australia
Center for the Study of Autism
Links and Information covering a broad range of information including overviews on autism.
Family Services Directory
Looking for support for you and your family? The Family Services Directory lists organisations in your area that can help. Ministry of Education: Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Learning about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Ministry of Health
Key Projects and Programmes for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Living Guideline Group
Ministry of Health - ASD Quick card
National Autistic Society, UK
Weka is New Zealand's disability information web site, for disabled people, their families, whanau and caregivers, health professionals and disability information providers.
Living with intellectual disability in New Zealand. IHC New Zealand Inc will advocate for the rights, inclusion and welfare of all people with an intellectual disability and support them to live satisfying lives in the community. Kids
Child and youth health information site to support parents and health professionals by the Starship Foundation and Paediatric Society.
Rescare New Zealand
Rescare NZ is dedicated to bringing information and support to those caring or advocating for people with an intellectual disability. We remain a totally independent voice for those who want the best for their family member.
Socially Speaking - Alison Schroeder Sue Larkey - Special Needs Teacher, Australia
Smart strategies, information articles and action steps to making teaching & living with autism spectrum disorder a success.
The New Zealand Association for Gifted Children (NZAGC)
promotes the needs of gifted kids at national level and supports and fosters initiatives at local level.
Youthlaw is a specialist nationwide community law centre for children and young people under the age of 25. Youthlaw has particular expertise in education law ranging from school enrolment, discipline to special educational needs.
Airport Parking Shop
A blog post which gives information and advice about travelling with people with autism.
Communicate Easy - Autism App for iPad
A picture communication system for the iPad including video modeling capability.
do 2 Learn
Games, songs, communication cards, print resources and information for special needs - including Toolbox for teachers, Autism awareness cards and strategies, colouring and print activities, free visual pictures, Math Mahjong and emotions games, Daily organisers and calendar, Learn reading order and shapes.
DottyWobble is passionate about providing a means of communication and learning for autistic children. Great visual resources for parents and teachers.
DTSL (Desktop Technology Services Ltd)
Providing each person who needs help with the equipment and solutions that will allow them to participate, contribute and enjoy life to the very extent they can.
EASe Listening Therapy
Free EASe app for the first 50 responders! Free EASe iPad, iPhone and iPod app for therapists of children on the autism spectrum. EASe products are easy-to-use, simple and safe tools to help parents, occupational, physical, speech and listening therapists better manage noise, improve organization, sensory modulation and proprioception in children challenged with sensory processing issues, central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), and developmental issues.
Eric conveys an Emotion
Humourous website about emotions constructed by Eric - fun for teenagers and young adults.
Fun 4 younger kids!
colourful, safe games for younger kids to enjoy a computer experience
Geddes Software designs products specifically for those with learning challenges. All of the products are easy to use, and focus on teaching language and life skills. They promote verbal as well as written language, and enable language acquisition even for those who are non-verbal.
GPS Tracking 4U
Terrific application for your Iphone, useful for those using Picture Exchange Communication Systems.
A great tool to download kids stories and songs to ipods or iphones.
10% off the MedicAlert® Service Enrolment Fee for Autism NZ Members.
My Health Apps
My Health Apps is a new free international website helping patients and public find the best health apps to suit their individual needs. Myhealthapps.net brings together the world’s favourite healthcare apps - tried and tested by people like you.
Special Learning Inc
FREE downloadable resources! This website contains one of the most expansive and user-friendly libraries of information and tools related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), special needs, developmental disabilities, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
Sue Larkey - Special Needs Teacher, Australia
Smart strategies, information articles and action steps to making teaching & living with autism spectrum disorder a success.
Sensory motor therapy need not be dull and boring. The toys and equipment on this website not only have therapeutic benefits, but they are also fun and exciting for children (and the young at heart).
The Transporters is a world of imaginary toy vehicle characters who have emotional experiences and adventures. It aims to help children enhance their understanding of the causes of emotions and of emotional expressions.
Use Visual Strategies.com
ASK (Autism Spectrum Kiwis)The ASK (Autism Spectrum Kiwis) Trust was established to provide peer-support for adults on the autism spectrum, and information based on 'insider' experience.
Aspiehelp/The Aspire Trust (Inc)
A peer support information, advocacy, social work, counseling and employment training, organisation based inn Christchurch. Contacts can be by telephone (03) 337 2008 or (03) 338 1123, or through firstname.lastname@example.org (www.aspiehelp.com).
Wrong Planet is a web community designed for individuals (and parents of those) with Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, and other PDDs. We provide a forum, where members can communicate with each other, an article section, where members may read and submit essays or how-to guides about various subjects, and a chatroom for real-time communication with other Aspies.
SAP – Autism@Work Program
Four Roles in Software Development and Testing
Auckland-based Employment Opportunities
After reading the Job Description, if you have any questions please contact Kim from Autism New Zealand on (09) 846 0913.
SAP: At SAP, we focus on everyone’s unique ability to contribute, rather than a person’s perceived limitations. By embracing differences, we help spark innovation – while challenging assumptions and inspiring change,” said Anka Wittenberg, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at SAP SE. “Those on the autism spectrum for example, add enormous value with their high-levels of attention to detail in software development and testing, and data analysis as well as other roles in our company such as customer support and marketing. It’s fantastic that this award-winning program continues to expand with the SAP New Zealand launch. This will enable the market to not only drive change within New Zealand, with the launch of the program in New Zealand, our intent is to drive greater employment across all sectors and industries.”
Launched in 2013, the program currently includes over 120 colleagues filling over 22 different positions, and is active in ten countries: Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, India, Ireland, China and the United States.
SAP has an aspirational corporate goal to create opportunities for 650 colleagues on the autism spectrum. Following on from the launch of the program in Australia in 2015, SAP New Zealand will be the eleventh country to integrate people with autism into the workforce. SAP New Zealand will be supported locally by the DXC Dandelion Program, Untapped and Autism New Zealand.
Untapped: Untapped Group is an enterprise focussed on developing a sustainable neurodiverse employment ecosystem to increase opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum thereby supporting them in realising their potential.
DXC: DXC Technology was created through the merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. DXC Technology is a Fortune 500 company and is represented in the S&P 500 Index, with over 10,000 employees in Australia and New Zealand.
DXC’s Dandelion Program, developed over the last five years in Australia, is one of the world’s leading autism employment programs having employed 70 people who are on the autism spectrum into IT roles where individuals are supported to develop the IT and life skills needed to sustain a career in IT. DXC are partnering with SAP, Autism NZ and Untapped to bring the tools, processes and experience gained over the last five years in the Dandelion Program to New Zealand and help SAP find talented people on the autism spectrum to work in SAP’s IT team in Auckland.
Autism New Zealand: Autism New Zealand walks every step together by providing support, training, advocacy, resources and information on Autism Spectrum disorders to empower those living with autism. Our members include children, young adults and adults on the autism spectrum; their family/whānau; caregivers; and professionals who work within this field.
Asperger Management aims to provide support for people with Asperger Syndrome (AS) working in senior, white-collar professional management positions to enhance and promote personal development to enable the full potential of an AS Manager to be realised.
Do you need help looking for employment?
The Auckland branch is now supporting jobseekers on the autism spectrum, after receiving funding from the MSD for this purpose. We can assist with all parts of the employment process, e.g. identifying career options, writing cover letters and CVs, or practising interview skills. We can also accompany clients to job interviews, approach prospective employers, provide on-the-job coaching and post-placement support.
In order to be eligible for this service, jobseekers should:
- Have an ASD diagnosis, and
- Be on a main benefit from WINZ, and
- Be willing to work a minimum of 15h/week in a mainstream workplace.
Please get in touch with Romy, our employment support person, via email if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment:
Skylight- Because grief happens and support matters!
Asperger's Syndrome New Zealand
ASNZ sites and services.
HDC (Health and Disability Commissioner)
If you want to know more about your rights when using health and disability services, get questions answered or make a complaint, HDC can help you to find an independent advocate. They can also give you some tips on self-advocacy. Independent advocates offer education and training for anyone about consumer rights and provider duties.
National Freephone: 0800 11 22 33
The Personal Advocacy Trust
Based in Lower Hutt.
The National Organisation set up to support and educate families with wetting and soiling problems.
Need help with Potty Training girls and boys? Need help with boys aiming correctly (boys of all ages)? Need help with good quality training pants?
Weepals have a range of Toilet Training Stickers for girls and boys; stickers can be placed in the potty or the front or back of the Toilet. Toilet Training Pants; help with those accidents that do occur from time to time. Success Charts; Need something extra as a reward.
Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks
Very informative and useful website on anxiety, stress, panic attacks.
BeChange provides evidenced based behavioural services for individuals, families and professionals. They offer services for children aged 18 months to 18 years. BeChange specialises in a range of services that aim to maximise the potential of all children regardless of their difficulties. Their services will benefit children with challenging behaviour, learning difficulties and/or those who have received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or another related disability. New Zealand Society for Music Therapy
Music therapy is the planned use of music to assist the healing and personal growth of people with identified emotional, intellectual, physical or social needs.