Mansfield Austism Statewide Services (MASS) provide assistance for 300 families from across Victoria. Since 1968 this service has provide a ‘wrap around’ model of care to support children with autism and their families by building skills of independence through a strengths based approach.
MASS has exciting plans to transform a 40 hectare farm just outside of Mansfield into a tranquil facility for children and teenagers with autism. Called ‘Project Gamechanger’, when completed the site will include two new schools, accommodation, and therapeutic programs. The residential complex and on-site family camp will give 100 families a year the chance to holiday together in a safe environment designed to cater for their children’s needs.
MASS are now on a journey to raise $24 million to bring the plans for this farm to reality and need $16 million in government support. With intense demand for autism services in Victoria, sometimes families wait for two-years to access some programs. I send Mansfield Autism Statewide Services every good wish for this important project.