Govt support for autism parents

PARENTS of children with autism will get extra support to help them through the maze of services and get the connections they need, Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis has told a parenting conference.

Ms Davis told about 100 parents, teachers and staff at the AEIOU Queensland Parents' Conference at South Brisbane that autism was complex, but it needed to be tackled early if children were to have fulfilling lives as part of their local communities.

"The Newman government agrees that early intervention is vital to making a life-long difference and will help support their families," Ms Davis said.

"We have committed $4 million over four years for a ParentConnect initiative to assist mums and dads of newborns and newly diagnosed children to access the services they need.

"We also currently fund $4.323 million through the Autism Early intervention initiative to provide support to 471 children with autism and their families.

"This will be complemented by our commitment to provide $9.5 million for speech pathologists in state schools, in addition to those currently working alongside organisations like AEIOU.

"AEIOU and Autism Queensland deliver very important, personalised programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Ms Davis said that while early intervention was vital, families and their children also needed support at school and beyond.

"The Newman government understands the invaluable contribution community organisations like AEIOU and their staff and volunteers make to Queensland families living with autism and will act to support their activities," Ms Davis said.

"Through partnerships with the community and innovative approaches, we can make a significant difference to the lives of many Queenslanders, especially our children and young people."



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