The concept of a school for kids with autism was born from the schooling experiences of Brisbane parents and their children with autism. A group of these parents formed a not-for-profit organisation, and worked for two years to bring The Sycamore School to fruition.
Having experienced first-hand the difficulties in finding appropriate educational settings for their autistic children, they set out to provide educational options for children with autism in Queensland that were tailored to the needs of the students.
It’s not just about meeting curriculum outcomes; it’s about giving each student a voice, giving them the tools to advocate for themselves, and to be involved in the decision making processes of their lives. It’s about giving them confidence, self-determination, and a valued place in our community.
With over 10,000 school aged students diagnosed with ASD in Queensland, there is a growing community not only of students, but also the increased numbers of families and educators who require support. The Sycamore School hopes to not only support those touched by Autism in their lives, but we also hope to promote acceptance and diversity in mainstream schools and various workplaces through mentoring programs and partnerships, to ensure that as a community we can continue to support people with Autism through their whole life.
Our first campus is located on the site of TAFE at Alexandra Hills.
We can only achieve great things, such as establishing this important place of learning, with the help of our community.