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Who comes to the Meetings?

Some meetings attract 10 people – others 30. Some parents come having just received a diagnosis for their children and are feeling isolated and grief stricken. Other parents have been aware of their children's needs for many years. Some parent's have pre-school children, others' children are almost young adults. Some parent's children attend Jewish schools, some are in independent schools and some are in specialist schools. Some parents are very open about their children's needs and others prefer to be more discrete about the challenges they face. Just as all our children are unique, so are the challenges we face and our ways of managing them.

But we all have much in common and we are all learning about having a child who is not "typical". So come and join us and be part of a supportive and understanding group of people, where you can feel understood – regardless of where you are at on your journey.

Meeting Times & Locations

Meetings are entirely voluntary and people can attend on a regular or as needs basis. New people are always welcome. All meetings adhere to the Group Guidelines (below). Please register your e-mail details prior to attending your first meeting.

Friday Morning Meetings

Meetings are on the last Friday morning of every month (except on Jewish & other public holidays) at a chosen café when we can meet in a private room.

Tuesday night meetings

Tuesday night meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of every month from 8pm – 10pm at Jewish Care Respite Centre on Glen Eira Rd, Caulfield. 

Meeting Format

Meetings will run for around 1.5 - 2 hours.

First Hour

  • Introductions and themed group discussion on chosen topic.
  • Any news eg conferences, resources experiences.

Second Hour

  • Informal Meeting time
  • And/or guest speaker

Group Guidelines

  • Confidentiality – It is very important that all participants respect each other and what is talked about during group session stays private and within the group.
  • Emails – Members can send e-mails to the group via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Emails will then be forwarded on to ensure everyone's privacy. If you wish to be in e-mail contact with individual members, please ask them directly for their e-mail address.
  • Meeting – Should we meet each other in the street and need to identify where we know each other from, we will say "mutual friend". This is to ensure that parents who are wanting to keep their child's diagnosis confidential can feel safe that their confidentiality will be respected.
  • Policy Positions – Jewish Spectrum Support has no specific policies on any spectrum related issues and maintains an openness and respect for all choices carers are making and attempts to ensure a diversity of views are represented.


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