Autism Queensland is a community based organisation dedicated to creating a life of participation, opportunity and choice for people living with ASD.

Autism Queensland receives USD$23,500 grant from the UPS Foundation

15th November, 2016

Autism Queensland has received an USD$23,500 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS).

The grant will be used for the Studio G Program for young people with high functioning autism which has been running since 2014 in Brisbane at The Edge at the State Library of Queensland and more recently in Mackay at the CQUniversity Mackay City Campus. An additional program in the far north will commence in mid-2017.

The games, animation and interactive design program runs over four 10 week terms throughout the year and is for participants aged 16-24 years.

Autism Queensland CEO Rod Cameron (pictured here being presented the cheque by Steve Tippet, Queensland Branch Manager, UPS) said the grant would enable the organisation to take the program, which has been running in Brisbane since July 2014, into the next stage of its development.

“Studio G has exceeded all expectations and is now one of Autism Queensland’s core programs,” said Mr Cameron. 

“Over 75 young people with autism have participated since it began and 90 percent have transitioned from the program to internships, employment or further education,” he said.

“Studio G isn’t just about building technical or computer skills, but rather it’s about providing a nurturing and supportive environment to let young people develop social skills, self-confidence and ultimately work readiness.

“There is real need for autism-specific employment and educational support, particularly in regional areas, which is why we are expanding the program into regional Queensland,” said Mr Cameron.

“Thanks to the UPS Foundation we can further promote the Mackay program and finalise details for the next regional program to commence in the far north from mid-2017.”

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga, The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety and the environment.

In 2015, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $110 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

“The UPS Foundation is honoured to support Autism Queensland’s efforts to help young people with autism reach their full potential,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS.

“Our goal is to support powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

 

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Media contact:        Adrienne Costin, 0448 139 137 or adrienne.costin@autismqld.com.au.