A LIVERPOOL autism support service has welcomed a $3000 donation that will be used to support local autistic high school students and their families.
Autism Advisory and Support Service chief executive Grace Fava said the donation from Bonnyrigg Tyres owners Simon and Therese Grima would go a long way because the service did not get funding for children over 11 years of age.
"The money will go a long way," Mrs Fava said.
"It will go to students who are at risk of being suspended from their schools and provide them with therapy.
"Sadly this happens all to often. Some schools try very hard to accommodate a student with autism but others can not cope with them."
Autism is a neurological disorder that affects social and communication skills.
The Autism Advisory and Support Service has been operating as a non-profit charity in Liverpool since 2007.
It provides Australia's only 24-hour autism hotline, a therapy-based playgroup, a young adults' social group with peers and mentors, a school outreach program and an art group.
Mrs Fava said more donations are needed, as the service has outgrown needs a larger space.