Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) operates six schools in New South Wales located in the Sydney metropolitan area, the Hunter region, the Central Coast and the South Coast.
Each of Aspectís schools is a special school for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) who require specialised education programs. The primary focus of Aspect schools is to equip students with the skills to become as independent as possible and enable them to integrate into the wider community. In recognition of the special needs of students with ASDs, class sizes are small.
The schools provide a range of educational services, from early intervention to adolescent classes. Aspect maintains a policy of transitioning students with ASDs into more inclusive settings. These settings include mainstream classes and support classes, or special schools. The decision to transition a student is based on the studentís ability to work in a less specialised setting and is made as part of their Individual Education Plan.