St. Andrew's Autism Centre (SAAC) is a non-profit, integrated centre for the education, training, and care of persons with autism and their families. Our students and clients tend towards moderate to severe autism.
A service of St. Andrew's Mission Hospital (SAMH), SAAC operates a special school for children and youths with autism from seven to 18 years old, and a Day Activity Centre (DAC) for adults aged 19 years and beyond. Both students of the school and DAC clients benefit from shared services in specialist therapies — speech, occupational and music therapy — and in varying extents, expressive arts programmes in dance, art and music.
[We] relate to people with autism as unique individuals — person first; autism second
SAAC also supports and equips families and caregivers with members with autism with knowledge and skills through a range of family services, including parent support and networking. SAAC engages in public education, advocacy and community outreach with the vision for an inclusive society.
At SAAC, staff, volunteers, and partners alike are encouraged to relate to people with autism as unique individuals — person first; autism second.