The Families Autism And Behavioural Support Trust

Supporting Waikato families who have a child on the autism spectrum or a child facing challenges leading to behaviour that makes access to mainstream education problematic.

Families Autism And Behavioural Support Trust – we call it the FAST Trust – was established in July 2010 to support families in the greater Waikato region who have a child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or a related disorder.

The Trust’s initial focus was on assisting families with the costs associated with having clinics run by the Centre for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) and paying wages to therapists working with the children at home. We have added a schools support programme. This leads to the in-home programme being extended to the children’s school day as well as support being provided to the schools so other children who would not otherwise receive the therapy they need are able to participate more fully in the learning programme. The Hamilton primary and secondary schools we support have, in total, more than 5,000 pupils.

To contact the Trust please email us on

Or phone or text Andy on 021 025 22219 (business hours only please)

To watch the impact of ABA please watch the following:
Recovery from Autism – Asher Gregory’s Story
(Please note the costs mentioned are not applicable or relevant in the case of the ABA work being done by the FAST Trust.)

To learn about the people who inspired FAST Trust we invite you to read about Generation Rescue.

The trustees are Andy Benge, Maria Burr, Debbie Lascelles (Chair), Lyn Godfrey and Marita Grubisich.

The Trust would be delighted to accept your donation to support our work. Please email us so we can contact you with our BNZ account details.

Donations have been gratefully received from:

  • Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS)
  • DV Bryant Charitable Trust
  • Gallagher’s Charitable Trust
  • Glenice and John Gallagher Foundation
  • Hamilton City Council
  • Len Reynolds Charitable Trust
  • Lion Foundation
  • Lotteries
  • Page Trust
  • Sewell Foundation
  • Rodmor Trust
  • Sky City Charitable Trust
  • The Donny Trust
  • Trust Waikato
  • Waikato Lyceum Charitable Trust
  • WeL Energy
  • Z-Good in the Hood
  • The Sir John Logan Campbell Trust
  • Grassroots Trust

The Trust is registered with the Charities Commission. We can provide a receipt for donations that you can then use to claim a tax deduction.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors – click a link to find out more about them:

Lewis Law, Cambridge

Diamond Dog Wash, Morrinsville

Colin Tuson Chartered Accountant
C Tuson & Associates Limited
Frankton, NZ

Vetora, Glenview, Hamilton

Mark Divehall
Business Development Manager
Mobile 027 534 4282
Woods Furniture NZ Limited

Te kohi taputapu i hiahiatia ki a maatau tamariki katoa kia uru ai ratau ki nga mahi whakaongaonga nui tonu ko o raatau whanau.

Gifting the tools needed to all our children so they too may embark on the great adventure that is their birthright.