We are a group of pro-active parents in the Dunedin area of New Zealand who have children with autism.

We are committed to helping organise and fundraise for intensive early interventions which help make easier the lives of affected children and their families.

News Archive

Here you will find all of our previous News articles that have been posted on the website.

February 17 2014

Second-hand books wanted

The Autism Trust is running a stall at the Dunedin Farmers Market on the 12th April, raising funds by selling books. We are looking to get as many decent quality books as possible. Is it time for a clean-out on your shelves? Please get in touch if you have something to donate.

Or, if it’s convenient for you, please drop the books off between 9-5pm any day of the week at Switch Accounting, 235 Moray Place (opposite Dunedin Public Library).  

December 01 2013

Rotary's Annual Charity Duck Race in Feb

The Otago Children’s Autism Support Group has once again been chosen by the Dunedin East Rotary Club as an official participant in the Duck Race fundraising event on Sunday February 9.
The Trust members need to sell 1000 tickets (which is a big task for our 10 families). Please help to support us by buying a ticket for $5, or even a book for $25.
Please share to your friends and family so we can get all of our tickets sold and receive the guaranteed $5,000 that will go towards supporting the children’s programmes.
July 15 2013

Upcoming quiz night

The Otago Children's Autism Support Group is holding its annual fundraising quiz night on August 22. Please note it in your diary and think about a team or two you can organise! The venue should be quite special, it's to be held in the Dunedin Fire Station (one of the parents is in the Fire Service). There will be raffles and nice prizes. The cost is $10/head, and there will be a light supper provided. 

July 12 2013

Give a little

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June 05 2013

Fundraising barbeque

Thanks to the parents who helped out with the BBQ at Mosgiel New World supermarket on Queen's Birthday weekend. There were yummy sausages with sauce and mustard, and a good show of support from locals, and the Trust raised about $400.
January 15 2013

seminar with paediatrician Paul Taylor

3pm Thursday 21st February 2013 at Mornington Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Terrace, Dunedin

Registration and tea/coffee at 3pm, Seminar 3:30pm - 5:30pm Cost $15

Paul G. Taylor is an experienced consultant paediatrician who specializes in ASD and works directly with many young people, their families and their schools. He has been giving talks on ASD for more than 13 years.

This seminar is aimed at teachers, principals, teacher aides, parents, and all speacialist support staff working to educate children with autism.

The seminar will address:

• An introduction to autism spectrum disorders • How to understand the autistic brain

• Difficulties in the classroom

• Stress and anxiety

• Practical classroom strategies

• Autism-friendly schools

• The good news about autism

You can register by contacting Mel mel@chopchop.co.nz

phone: 03 4546242 or cell: 021 241 8647

You can register on the day also but please note that there is no EFTPOS available.

Paul's book A Beginner’s Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders is for sale at the seminar for $20

August 02 2012

Quiz Night - Thursday 6th September

We’re holding a fundraising quiz night at the Clarendon Hotel. Starting at 7pm. $5 per head, raffles and auction of a Simon Kaan print.

Register early by email to reserve a table.  A fun night guaranteed!   

Download the event flyer for further details. 

April 16 2012

donation from Newman's Own Foundation

The Otago Children’s Autism Support Group received a kind and hearty donation of $20,000 from Newman's Own Foundation. Founded by Paul Newman, Newman's Own Foundation have donated over $300 million (US) to charities around the world. 

The Otago Daily Times ran this story on the donation. Almost all of the donations received by the OCASG are used for wages and case management for therapists who work daily with affected children. That means the funds are used for front line work and are of direct and measurable benefit to the kids.

who organise fundraising 

ABA therapists

February 13 2012

Fundraiser at the Farmers Market

We are going to be at the Otago Farmers Market this Saturday 18th February. Yani and Pablo (a family in Oamaru) are making a whole lot of yummy food to sell. Some treats on the menu include italian orange ricotta cake, chocolate sour cream cake with chocolate ganache, alfajores (Argentinian style cookie filled with milk caramel), empanadas (Argentinian style samosas) and focaccia bread with glazed ham, lettuce, cheese and tomato chilli jam.

Delicioso! Look out for us, we'll be at the Community stand.  

February 01 2012

Seminar with paediatrician Paul Taylor

3pm Thursday 21st February 2013

at Mornington Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Terrace, Dunedin

Registration and tea/coffee at 3pm Seminar 3:30pm - 5:30pm Cost $15


Paul G. Taylor is an experienced consultant paediatrician who specializes in ASD and works directly with many young people, their families and their schools. He has been giving talks on ASD for more than 13 years.


This seminar is aimed at teachers, principals, teacher aides, parents, and all speacialist support staff working to educate children with autism.


The seminar will address:

• An introduction to autism spectrum disorders 

• How to understand the autistic brain

• Difficulties in the classroom 

• Stress and anxiety

• Practical classroom strategies 

• Autism-friendly schools

• The good news about autism



You can register by contacting Mel 

mel@chopchop.co.nz 

phone: 03 4546242 

cell: 021 241 8647 

You can register on the day also but please note that there is no EFTPOS available.


Paul's book A Beginner’s Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders is for sale at the seminar for $20


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