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CEO COVID-19 UPDATE 20 November

Nov 20 2020 6:24 PM

Dear Autism SA community,

Well, almost two days of hard lockdown has passed and according to the Premier’s announcement earlier today, restrictions are to be partially lifted. The link is here

It’s a great relief to my team and I because we are well aware of how much this impacts the community in general and particularly, our vulnerable loved ones on the autism spectrum. The Autism SA workforce is, wherever possible, working from their homes or continuing to support our clients directly in theirs and they also experience much of the same joys and challenges as you probably are too, at this time.

For those of you who know me personally, know that I, as do many of our workforce, possess genuine empathy for many of you during these times. As I write this, I am at home, sharing my space with my gorgeous son Stefan, due to school closure. He is VERY keen on me joining him in a noisy and energetic Dance Competition due to the need to enjoy some activity while I am juggling the running of our COVID-19 Task Force meetings, communications with the NDIS and delivering complex communications to our dedicated workforce of some 365+ people, amongst other things!

We have been inundated with questions about all sorts of things relating to what’s happening in SA and at Autism SA and we had developed a Frequently Asked Questions document that I was going to attach to this email but due to the announcements made earlier, our document is no longer current (this is a GOOD thing!). We will update that as soon as the new information is formally received for the government and then, I will circulate it to you all.

If that FAQs document doesn’t provide the answer you are seeking, please do not hesitate to contact Autism SA in the way that best suits you. If you have any queries for the Autism SA Team or me, please do not hesitate to email us or call our Pathways team on 1300 288 476.

 

Thank you

We are here for you as we continue to face these unusual situations together. Autism SA will do our utmost to provide what is needed by our community.

I thank everyone for your support of our workforce as we adapt to the changing government restrictions and some of the other challenges, both personal and professional, they have encountered this week.

I also thank everyone who is striving to comply with the current restrictions because there’s no doubt they are tough and everything you are doing to support this lockdown will make a difference to the whole of SA in the future.

1’m so grateful to be part of such an awesome community.  Remember to be kind to yourselves. If someone hasn’t told you lately, you are truly amazing, and even more so during these interesting times.

Take care and please do not hesitate to send me your suggestions for more ways that we can help each other out.

Jenny Karavolos

CEO – Autism SA

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