In late 1993 a small group of families, each caring for someone with special needs came together to form the Defence Special Needs Support Group. During 1994, this small group spread its wings across Australia and now as we enter our 20th year of operation, we continue to provide support, information and assistance to ADF Families with Special Needs both here in Australia and overseas.
The Defence Special Needs Support Group has groups right across Australia. Even if we do not have a group in your town or city, please contact our national office on 1800 037 674 to find out more information on DSNSG activities near your area.
DSNSG is excited to welcome a new Support Partner - Australian Military Bank, who will be supporting DSNSG’s Program Drive Safe Program, and also contributing towards local events when these are back up and running again.
The Drive Safe Program is designed to assist members of DSNSG families aged 16 years and above with ASD, ADHD, and Asperger’s to gain confidence and self-esteem when learning to drive. This program was developed to address the need for specialised training within this group to obtain their driving licence and open the door to greater independence.
“We are delighted to be partnering with DSNSG for the Drive Safe Program” says Australian Military Bank’s CEO Darlene Mattiske-Wood, “this fantastic initiative is a great way for us to further support the Australian Defence community and offers a very meaningful hand for families and young people with specific needs to achieve an important milestone in these young people’s lives. This program has the power to materially change the quality of their lives and the lives of those who care for them”.
"We really commend the achievement of DSNSG in the creation of this program and their pivotal role supporting the Defence community of Australia and it is a great honour to be able to participate” says Ms Mattiske- Wood.
The sponsorship announcement from Australian Military Bank comes two weeks after the announcement that in conjunction with their Military Rewards Account holders they have achieved a $200,000 giving milestone to defence community partners as a result of their regular co-contribution scheme.
“Over the years the Bank has sought to connect in the most meaningful way possible to support defence communities with targeted sponsorship contributions and ‘Drive Safe 2020’ is a very worthy cause” says Ms Mattiske Wood.
DSNSG presentation 1 are from right to left: Air Commodore Henrik Ehlers AM, Ambassador, Kim Collins General Manager, Claire MacFarlane-Rowles National Co-Ordinator and Andrew Moebus Head of Retail Distribution Southern Division