The official sod turning of a new AEIOU Centre for Logan kids with autism marks the 10th centre for the organisation – and invaluable support for 50 children and their families.
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen and Griffith University Pro Vice Chancellor Linda O’Brien and Logan Together Backbone Team Director Matthew Cox joined AEIOU Foundation Director Peter Kelly to turn the first sod on the development on 23 November.
AEIOU Foundation CEO Alan Smith said the project was a milestone development and would not only help 50 local families, but provide support to the local health and education sector.
“We are especially proud to be in a position where we can help meet the need of families in Logan, and we are committed to working closely with all local community and corporate organisations,” Alan said.
“This project has been made possible with funding from the National Stronger Regions Fund and the Queensland Government, as well as a donation of land by Griffith University Logan. We also have Chain Reaction Foundation, and the Wantz Committee to thank for their valuable contributions.
“But we also know that this centre is being built on more than money. We have a real passion for what we do, and we are thrilled to have the support of the Logan community. Our commitment is to create a lifetime of opportunities for children with autism, and their families, and we share this commitment with many community and corporate groups that are working collaboratively as part of Logan Together.”
The AEIOU Logan Centre for Autism will feature four purpose-designed classrooms, a motor-skill therapy room, playground and modern staff, research and parent facilities.
Logan Together partner AEIOU Foundation is a leading provider of early intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), providing an evidence-based therapy and education program. This family focused service provides every child with the best opportunity to gain vital independence and achieve their full potential. Operating in Queensland and South Australia, AEIOU enrols children aged 2 to 6 years.