About ABIA

About ABIA2018-12-05T10:41:51+00:00
abiaofficeimageWe offer training, information and support for those who live with, work with, or love an individual with autism. We assist those who have received an autism diagnosis, those who have yet to receive a diagnosis, and those who wish to make an informed decision about ABA.

We are proudly non-profit. Each year unspent funds are injected back into existing or new programs and projects that ultimately benefit children (and families) with autism. We were formed in 1997 by a group of parents who sought the best and most positive life and developmental outcomes for their child and our work continues to honour this mission.

We are based in Canterbury in inner-eastern Melbourne. From our upstairs office, located on Maling Road, we facilitate our training programs, operations, and resource library.

As the peak body for ABA for autism we are eager to ensure the spread of accurate and comprehensive information regarding autism and behavioural intervention measures because we know all too well the wealth, indeed the minefield, of information about autism that exists. We know too, from 50 years of research, that behavioural based interventions work.

ABIA is both a training and membership organisation. We keep the community informed on all things ABA for autism through a biennial ABA conference (ABA Today), ABA Exchange and the ABA for Autism Round Table. As a member organisation we support and represent hundreds of Victorian families & ABA Service Providers.

Enquiries about implementing ABA for your child, or upskilling your staff or yourself, can be directed to info@abia.net.au or (03) 9830 0677. You may also like to view our ABA videos and listen to our ABA podcast series. Both resources provide introductory and explanatory information on ABA for autism.

We welcome you to ABA and look forward to meeting your needs.

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ABIA was formed in 1997 by a group of parents seeking positive, life-long learning and developmental outcomes for their children. Identifying Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) as an effective and proven evidence-based treatment, they set about bringing ABA professionals and experts to our shores so that ABA training programs, information and knowledge could be established locally.

Many thousands of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families have benefited from our founding parents’ foresight. Thousands more will benefit as our organisation continues to grow and develop, supporting families and professionals with ABA information and training, through programs and projects that give back and assist.

ABIA is fortunate to have a proactive and dedicated Committee of Management who bring a variety of professional skills and expertise. We are grateful for their commitment and the time they give to governance, operations and fundraising.

  • Wendy Kozica – President
  • Melanie Larkey – Vice President
  • Corrine Siddles – Treasurer
  • Sarah Foote – Secretary
  • Dr Erin Leif – General Member
  • Amanda Abel – General Member
  • Sarah Franklyn – General Member
  • Ruth O’Shannassy – General Member
  • Dr Santhi Chalasani – General Member
  • Anne Rose – General Member

Susie Pavey
Chief Executive Officer

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Jo Whatley
Administration Coordinator
info@abia.net.au

Peggy Hailstone
Communications Manager
peggy@abia.net.au

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