Children with autism and their families will soon have access to greater support in Brisbane with work starting on the new North Brisbane and Pine Rivers Autism Hub.
The world-class facility will provide individual programs for up to 60 children with autism spectrum disorders and comprise four early intervention classrooms, a motor skills room and seven consulting rooms.
Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton said the facility would provide much needed support to children with autism and their families, as well as specialist outreach and assistance to childcare centres and schools in the area.
“It will include a training facility and research space, providing researchers with a unique opportunity to capture data while offering real-time information for families and regulatory bodies,” Mr Dutton said.
Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said the Coalition Government was proud to support the construction of the North Brisbane and Pine Rivers Autism Hub.
“Facilities such as this are essential and providing children and their families with best-practice care and support and will make an important, positive difference in their lives,” Mr Howarth said.
Construction of the hub will support 124 jobs and create another 25 ongoing jobs providing a healthy boost for the local economy.
The project is jointly funded with the Federal Government investing $4.5 million and the AEIOU Foundation $96,050.