Bendigo Autism Asperger Group (BAAG) is a local support group that was started in 1996 with a small number of parents getting together and deciding to meet monthly. At that time the group was called Bendigo Autism Family Support Group (BAFSG). Those that started the group had children who had been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and found that they shared feelings of isolation and frustration at the lack of local Autism-specific services. They also found great comfort in meeting others who could share their joy when a child gained a new and often hard-earned skill. Group members often expressed relief at those early meetings at being able to talk with other parents who understood their situation. This is still recognised as one of the most valuable aspects of BAAG.
BAAG has grown steadily, with new families, adults on the spectrum, friends, carers and supportive professionals becoming involved in a range of activities. We are an informal support group, not a service provider, and welcome anyone who has an interest in ASDs to become a member and to attend our meetings.
Bendigo Autism Asperger Group (BAAG) continues to provide opportunities for individuals, families and professionals to come together to share their journey into the world of Autism. Together we can support and encourage each other, as we care for those close to us.
BAAG no longer works with Bendigo Health – Carer Support Services but we are thankful for their financial and practical support in the past.
BAAG are auspiced and also supported by Interchange Loddon-Mallee Inc.
Our Aims Include:
- Providing informal support to individuals and their families.
- Sharing information and resources.
- Networking with other organisations to provide support for people who have Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.
- Raising the profile of ASDs in the Bendigo region.
- Opportunities for individuals to meet others with an ASD.
- Informal social gatherings for parents, families, friends and adults on the Autism spectrum over a “cuppa”.
- At times Speakers addressing topics of interest to the group and general public.