World class autism hub under construction in Brisbane
North Brisbane will become home to a “world class” autism hub, thanks to a $4.5 million investment of Australian Government funding, which will allow up to 60 children a year to access early intervention services, and provide scope for research, training and outreach activities.
To mark the commencement of construction in late February, Home Affairs Minister, and Member for Dickson, Peter Dutton, and Member for Petrie, Luke Howarth, joined Founding Director of the AIEOU Foundation, Dr James Morton OAM, for a ceremony to break ground.
Currently intensive therapy waitlists for children with autism in the region are up to one year, with a spokesperson for AEIOU describing the construction of the hub as “a blessing. It will eliminate the waiting period, and also serve as a hub for families in need of support and expert advice.”
AEIOU CEO Alan Smith commended the Australian Government for investing in the futures of young children with autism, saying that the construction of the centre “demonstrates commitment to young families, and the community.
“Early intervention is life-changing. Not only does it improve the lives of individuals as well as their families, it also has a positive effect on our economy long-term; for every dollar invested in a young child with autism, there is an $11 dollar return. Just as importantly, our communities are richer for the increased participation of these individuals,” Mr Smith said.
The centre is to be located at Attunga Street, Bald Hills and operated by AEIOU Foundation, with the land offered on a peppercorn lease by the Anglican Schools Commission. Designed by Buchan Architects, the Hub will be constructed by Hutchinson Builders, and is expected to open in December 2019.