Autism Queensland awarded tenders to deliver three new programs
Autism Queensland has been awarded tenders to deliver three new programs in the second round of the National and Jurisdictional Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grants announced yesterday.
A National Readiness grant for $1.68 million will see the establishment of a pilot program to support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with autism living in Queensland and the Northern Territory.
To be known as Steppin’ Up Steppin’ Out, the pilot will be rolled out across both states over two years and inform national service delivery in the future. It will provide autism specific information, community linkage and referrals to these young people, their parents, carers, family and community.
Autism Queensland is host the Early Intervention Indigenous Liaison Officer Program, a national project funded by the Department of Social Services as part of the Helping Children with Autism and Better Start programs. The new project will build on experience, information and links developed since the program was first established in 2013.
The organisation also secured funding for two projects in the NSW ILC Jurisdictional Based Grants; a parent-child group program supporting families living in the New England area ($106,000), and the other to increase awareness of autism and autism related disabilities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities in north and north-western NSW ($170,000). Both are for a duration of two years.