Name: Daisy Cox
Pillar: Business, Leadership & Community
Sponsor: First Seeds Fund
What is your dream?
My dream is to create a organisation that is run by young women with autism for young girls with autism to create a sense of unity and connectedness in the community. I have began working towards my dream by setting up a community organisation which is the only one of its kind in Queensland. The organisation runs events each month and a mentoring program to pair up "big sisters" with "little sisters". We also have plans for a parent support group next year.
Tell us a bit about you.
I am 25 years old, I was diagnosed with autism at age 7. I didn't meet another autistic girl until i was 15 so I know how important interaction with someone else is that is going through the same issues. I come from a family of 4 children, 3 of us are on the autism spectrum, I am the only girl. This year i have spoken at 5 different conferences about the lived experience of living life with the passenger (my term for autism)
How have you demonstrated commitment?
I have put a small team together of other autistic young women to help with administration and at the events, these women act as ambassadors and "big sisters" to the younger girls. Over the last 5 months we have had 6 events and have successful launched the mentoring program. We have a Facebook page and website and have appeared in the local newspaper. We currently have 50 girls on our books and some of the girls travel up to 4 hours to attend our events!
What challenges do you face?
I'm currently "directing" and being mentor to the ambassadors, I would love my own mentor to help in the process.
How will you use the money?
I will use the grant money to purchase more equipment for the events to benefit the girls. I will also purchase stationary + reading and research material.
How do you plan to give back?
A Little Sparkle is becoming a well known organisation even though it is still young. We are an organisation of joy and hope and we rejoice in our girls differences. Autistic girls that are often overlooked can attend our events and feel safe and not judged, parents can also attend and socialise with other parents who are going through the same situation.