Wests Tigers partner with Autism Spectrum Australia

Wests Tigers partner with Autism Spectrum Australia

Wests Tigers Wed 18 Apr 2018, 02:19 PM

Wests Tigers are proud to launch a new partnership with Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), one of the country’s largest service provider for people on the autism spectrum.

As a part of the new agreement Wests Tigers has agreed to work with Aspect to assist with fundraising and awareness campaigns, as well as providing exclusive opportunities for the organisation.

The club provided the first of those opportunities at the Easter Monday game at ANZ Stadium, with an Autism Friendly Room made available for Aspect students and their families.

The Autism Friendly Room provided a controlled space for children on the autism spectrum, and their parents and carers, to be able to experience an NRL game, something they may not have been able to do otherwise.

Wests Tigers Foundation Manager Shaun Spence said that the club looked forward to working closely with Aspect.

“It’s great to be able to partner with an organisation such as Aspect to assist them in building awareness and raising funds to support the great work that they do,” said Spence. “On top of that we’re thrilled to be able to provide an experience that someone with autism may not otherwise be able to have with the Autism Friendly Room at ANZ Stadium.”

Aspect CEO, Adrian Ford, said he was grateful to Wests Tigers for their support and welcomed the decision to provide Autism Friendly Rooms at the ANZ stadium at the Easter Monday game.

“For an individual on the autism spectrum visiting many public places and events can be challenging, but by making just a few minor adjustments and providing an autism friendly space you open up a new world for these individuals and their families.

“Aspect believes all Australians, including those on the autism spectrum, should have the opportunity to access and be included in community events in a safe and meaningful way.

“We are looking forward to working with Wests Tigers on other opportunities to make Australia more autism friendly,” Mr Ford said.

Aspect is Australia’s largest service provider for people on the autism spectrum, with their specialised, evidence informed schools program the largest in the world. Aspect also provide additional services that include information and advice, diagnostic assessments, behaviour support, parent and family support, and adult programs.

Wests Tigers is encouraging its members and supporters to show their support for Aspect by donating to its major fund raising event, Walk for autism.


As someone who teachers children with Autism I think this an excellent partnership the club has formed. Simple things that we take for granted like going to the football can be challenging for people with Autism and their families. The more promotion like this we can get out in the community the better.

At the Roosters game in round 1 I saw a father having difficulty getting his son with autism home on the train due to him being overwhelmed by the situation, I did what little I could to help but they still had a long trip home and many obstacles to deal with. Things like having a room for people with autism and their families to watch the game from can only improve the opportunities for everyone to enjoy the sport we love.

Great work Tigers!!!

Good job, Tigers. Great partnership

Another example of professional, broad thinking Tiger management. A win for both parties and a great show of compassion.

This is fantastic, couldn’t love the club anymore right now!

Seriously watch this:

Its an ABC series following people with Autism, Turrett’s, Chromozone X syndrome, etc applying for work. It is super addictive and yea if you have struggled with an interview…. Just watch these people as it’s a struggle to get to the front door sometimes.


Seriously watch this:

This was an outstanding series - equally heart warming and heart breaking. Management should be congratulated for being involved in this partnership - excellent work.

Great organisation to support, and be aligned with. Well done Wests Tigers

Gives you the warm and fuzzies…

Well done Wests Tigers… Shaun Spence does an excellent job…future CEO in the making…

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