About us

Celebrating that Difference is Magical

The Luke Priddis Foundation is a Penrith based non-profit. Luke and Holly Priddis started the Luke Priddis Foundation (LPF) in 2006 after their third child, Cooper, was diagnosed with Autism.

The Luke Priddis Foundation caters to clients aged 2-18 years old. LPF is known for being a centre for Autism, however, a diagnosis is not necessary to receive services.

We firmly believe in delivering:

  • Neuroaffirming practices
  • Strengths based approach
  • Person-centred and family focused goals
  • Collaborative multidisciplinary services

Founders

“As parents of a child with ASD, we understand the combination of frustration, grief and joy felt by every parent of a child with special needs, especially when it comes to accessing early intervention services for our children. There are very few services that cater specifically for children with ASD.” (Luke Priddis)

We want to make a lasting difference. 

Luke & Holly Priddis

Vision

To deliver a range complimentary health, welfare and educational services within a safe and respectful environment for individuals with autism, their families, carers and the professionals who support them. To implement early intervention programs that empower children and values parents – allowing each to reach their full potential through acceptance, education, and inclusion. “The Centre for Autism” paves the way to lifelong individualised therapies & support, delivered with compassion and purpose. To establish Community Service Networks and strategic alliances that are aligned with our core values.

Values

Foundation activities and decisions will reflect our core values: Respect, Excellence, Compassion, Innovation, Integrity and Teamwork. Respect – a commitment to treat all staff, clients, business associates and community with reverence and regard. Excellence – to apply speed and simplicity to achieve our goals whilst pursuing an unrelenting quest for distinction. Compassion – to take a wholesome, sensitive and compassionate approach to all. Innovation – create opportunity for advances. Consider life improvements in a practical, innovative and environmentally responsible manner. Integrity – striving for the highest level of performance by displaying strong ethics, accountability and governance.
meet our board members

Leadership in Action: Meet the Heartbeat of Luke Priddis Foundation

Luke Priddis

Chairperson and Co-Founder of the LPF. Father of four with two being on the ASD spectrum, formerly an NRL Rugby League Professional and RLPA board member, currently Director and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) of CPR WEALTH financial planning.

Holly Priddis

Deputy Chairperson and Co-Founder of the LPF. Proud woman with Autism, mother of four children, two of whom are also on the Autism Spectrum. Holly is a midwifery lecturer and researcher whom completed her PhD in 2015 examining the experiences of women who sustained severe perineal trauma.

Michael Lord

Director of Pinnacle Taxation Services. Michael is a CPA and has been providing wealth protection/business growth and compliance advice for over 19 years. Michael is the father of four children. Board member

Chris Fehon

Board Member Chris was born in Penrith, educated at Christian Brothers, gained an Honours Degree in Economics from UNSW and completed postgraduate study at Macquarie University.

Manish Jayswal

Manish is passionate about the role risk management play in decision making under uncertainty and creating shareholder value whilst managing community expectations. Manish holds Bachelor in Commerce (Hons), Masters in Business Administration (Finance) and Masters in Risk Management and is also a Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).
Board member

our strategic vision

Shape Tomorrow: Contribute to Our Strategic Vision!

In March 2017 the Luke Priddis Foundation opened Western Sydney’s first “Centre for Autism” right in the heart of Penrith. The multi-disciplinary Centre provides support, therapy and advocacy for individuals with Autism Spectrum disorders.  The approach is truly unique offering community programs, a state of the art Sensory Room, Parental respite and integrated services including Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Psychology & Diagnosis.

Autism does not discriminate; it touches all cultures and demographics. It is a lifelong developmental condition. As awareness and diagnostic services improve, the age of children diagnosed as on the spectrum has broadened. This means further action needs to be taken increase services and therapies available in Western Sydney. The figures are frightening – 1 in 56 children with be diagnosed with ASD this year! LPF services are all inclusive and aim to assist any community member affected reach their full potential regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, religion or socio-demographic background.

The foundation recognises that this facility plays a vital role in providing ASD families and many others access to social, medical and welfare services. Being accepted, fitting in, self-confidence, emotional awareness, reaction regulation and general cognitive skills addressed in the foundations programs that have lifelong benefits to participants. By supporting these families, facilitating evidence-based and specialised treatment programs and encouraging awareness of the cause, we create a vibrant and all-embracing community.

Supporting autistic kids and adolescents

Your contribution makes a direct impact on the lives of Autistic kids and adolescents.

Difference is magical. Be part of making a difference.