Marymead's Autism Centre

Marymead’s Autism Centre is located at Marymead’s Yarralumla ACT site and provides services and support to individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In August 2016, Marymead merged with ‘Autism Asperger ACT’ (AAACT), a local not for profit organisation that dated back to the late 1970’s.

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What is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong development disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people and the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that while all people with autism share certain areas of difficulty, their condition will affect them in different ways.

A prevalence study by the Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders in 2007 concluded that one in 160 Australian children aged between six and 12 years old have an Autism Spectrum Disorder – equating to over 10,000 Australian children. However, more recent studies suggest this figure could in fact be around one in 100 children (Centres of Disease Control and Prevention, 2012).

This means that the condition is now more common than cerebral palsy, diabetes, deafness, blindness and leukaemia combined.

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Marymead’s Autism Centre provides the following services:

  • Information and referrals
  • NDIS pre-planning
  • NDIS Support Coordination
  • Early Days workshops
  • Support and social groups
  • Community awareness
  • ASD library
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Current Support Groups

The Canberra Autism Women’s Group

This group, facilitated by Jeanette Purkis, is open to women with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and mothers of daughters with ASD. The discussion group usually meets on the first Thursday of the month from 7:30pm to 9:00pm in the Orpheus Room at the Hellenic Club in Woden. No bookings required.


ASD Support Group - Evening

Marymead’s Autism Centre together with Carers ACT run an ASD Support Group on the second Thursday of the month from 7pm to 9pm at the Rheinberger Centre Yarralumla. Please register your interest by emailing

ASD Support Group - Day

Marymead’s Autism Centre together and Carers ACT also run an ASD Support Group on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 12:30pm to 2:30pm at the Carers Hub Beaurepaire Street, Holt. Please register your interest by emailing       


Men Living with ASD 

Men Living with ASD support group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 7pm to 9pm at the Rheinberger Centre, Yarralumla. Please register your interest by emailing       


Cooking Connections 

Cooking Connections is a cooking program for young adults with ASD which runs every Thursday for the next five weeks from 10:30am to 12:00pm at Kids Pantry (7 Geils Court, Deakin). Cost is $20 per session, please register the day before by calling 0447 074 167.

Upcoming Support Groups

SibworkS- A Siblings Program for Siblings 8 - 12 years
Monday or Wednesday Term 1, 2018

A six week program commencing Monday 12th February or Wednesday 14th February 2018 at the COOK COMMUNITY HUB. This program is for siblings living with a brother or sister on the Autism Spectrum. Support for siblings helps them feel less isolated and to be more able to manage any challenges they face. They will feel more important in the family and be less likely to develop their own health problems down the track. Support, in fact, contributes to siblings being able to gain inspiration, competence and independence leading to improved self-esteem.

To enrol your child in this program please contact by Monday 15th January 2018 to receive your enrolment form. Please note it is expected to have a waiting list for this program so be early with your enrolment. This program is funded for individuals who do NOT have a NDIS Package.

Cartooning and Caricaturing Workshops
Term 1, 2018  

Come along and learn how to create your own cartoon characters, how to draw caricatures and all the tricks of the trade in a fun and interactive program for individuals on the Autism Spectrum. This program will be facilitated by local artist and cartoonist Andrew Hore ( There will be two groups commencing 13th February at The Rheinberger Centre, Yarralumla.

18 years plus will meet Tuesdays 2:30 – 3:30 pm for 8 weeks
Young people 12 – 18 years Tuesdays 3:45 – 4:45 pm for 8 weeks.

The cost per participant will be $240. Funny Works Oz is NDIS registered.
To enrol in this program please contact by 15th January 2018


To access our services, please contact the Intake team on 1800 427 920 or email

For general information please email