Minister ‘Adopted’ By Eight-Year-Old Boy With Autism And His Family

Minister ‘Adopted’ By Eight-Year-Old Boy With Autism And His Family

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Western Australia Minister for Disability Services Helen Morton

Premier Turns Soil To Start Work On $11Million Autism Facility

Victor P Taffa

The State Government has contributed $4 Million towards a state-of-the-art centre for children with Autism, focusing on early intervention for those diagnosed under the age of six.

The new Centre for the Autism Association of WA in Shenton Park will provide specialised care and services to more than 400 pre-school children with autism and their families each year.

Turning the first sod of soil onsite today, Premier Colin Barnett said the new centre was expected to be completed by early 2012.

“The association makes a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of people with autism, their families and carers.” Mr. Barnett said.

“The association is the only specialist autism spectrum disorder organisation in Australia that provided services to people with autism from early childhood until they become adults.”

The Premier also announced the State Government, through the Disability Services Commission and the departments of Health and Education, was a principal sponsor of the International Asia Pacific Autism Conference to be held in Perth in September 2011.

“The good work of the association and the respect it holds internationally contributed to the Government’s decision to provide financial support for this conference.” Mr. Barnett said.

The Liberal-National Government provided more than $13 Million to the Autism Association of WA last financial year through the Disability Services Commission.

WA Minister for Disability Services Helen Morton

WA Minister for Disability Services Helen Morton










Disability Services Minister Helen Morton congratulated the association on its achievements in the field of Autism and reflected on her grassroots experience in this area through the Politician Adoption Scheme.

“I have been ‘adopted’ by an eight-year-old boy with autism and his family.” Mrs. Morton said.

“I know how important it is to provide support, research, services and education in the field that gives people opportunities for a more positive future.” Mrs. Morton said.