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Extended Families

Vuon lên - Facilitating friendship, belonging
and achievement for young Vietnamese people

Vuon lên is a pilot program Extended Families is trialling in the western metro region of Melbourne for young autistic people of Vietnamese background who are experiencing significant barriers to meaningful community participation because of their disability.

The program is being offered in collaboration with the Vietnamese Families’ Special Needs Group with funding from the NDIS’ Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Program.

The pilot offers weekly structured small group friendship meet ups for young people (17-25 years) with the aim of supporting participants to improve their social connection, build on their interests and strengths, develop key life skills to boost confidence and motivation, and facilitate meaningful community and vocational inclusion.

The program is supported by bi-lingual facilitator’s who work both individually and in group settings with participants and parents helping families to understand inclusion barriers and the supports that are available in the community to overcome them.

Vuon lên will be launched in October 2019. If you are interested in participating in the pilot (or in anticipated future phases of the program) please read through the program brochures below and either complete and return the Vuon lên Expression of Interest Form or contact one of the program’s Project Officers directly.


Vuon lên Family Brochure English
Vuon lên Family Brochure Vietnamese
Vuon lên Service Provider Brochure

Expression of interest form:

Vuon lên Expression of Interest Form

Project Officers:

Julia Klieber 0481 955 551
Nga Do 0433 103 401

Living with a disability can be difficult. We support people aged 0-30 and their families in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula to build friendships and connect with their community.

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