Autism Queensland welcomes funding for autism support services
Autism Queensland has welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement on Saturday, April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, of its commitment to funding for early intervention and improving outcomes for young people with autism.
CEO Rod Cameron congratulated the Queensland Government and the Minister for Disability Services, the Honourable Coralee O'Rourke,for recognising the growing need for autism support, education and intervention across Queensland.
“As autism is a lifelong disability, a person with autism and their family will require varying levels of intervention and support throughout their life,” he said.
“Saturday’s announcement demonstrates that the Queensland Government understands that access to education, therapy and support is critical to the development and future of children with autism.
“The Government’s recognition of the importance of funding supports for children with autism and impact of autism on individuals, families and the community is to be commended,” Mr Cameron said.
Autism Queensland has been providing targeted early intervention programs for 50 years. It is the only organisation that provides a comprehensive range of specialised services and support for children and adults with autism and their families throughout Queensland.
Autism Queensland operates Queensland’s only autism-specific schools at Brighton and Sunnybank and delivers services from its centres in Brisbane, Rockhampton, Cairns, Mackay and Gladstone as well as statewide through outreach services.
It also offers professional development services for professionals, parent workshops, individual programing, and group programing for children of all ages, therapy and assessments.
April is Autism Awareness Month in Australia and Autism Queensland has launched its annual Go Blue for Autism fundraising and awareness campaign.
Registrations are now open at www.goblueforautism.com.au for individuals, families, schools, workplaces and community groups across Queensland to take part in the state-wide event by dressing in blue or hosting Go Blue events on their chosen day in April.