Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett
Western Australia Minister for Disability Services Helen Morton
Premier Opens $11 Million Autism Facility
Victor P Taffa
- WA’s Autism Association has new Service Headquarters
- State Government contributed $4 Million
Premier Colin Barnett today officially opened the Autism Association of Western Australia’s new Service Headquarters and Early Intervention Centre in Shenton Park.
The $11 Million facility will provide specialised care and services to more than 400 pre-school children with autism and their families each year. It will also expand other association services and enable clinical and training staff to connect with organisations, professionals and families throughout WA.
Premier Barnett said the State Government contributed $4 Million towards the new facility through Lotterywest.
“The Autism Association of WA makes such a significant contribution to the lives of people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families and carers.” the Premier said.
“Not only will the new headquarters help continue the great work of providing services to people with autism throughout their lives, but it will also be a place to showcase the achievements of people with autism and where families and staff can meet.”
Disability Services Minister Helen Morton congratulated the association on its new premises and reflected on her experience in the Politician Adoption Scheme.
“I have been ‘adopted’ by a young boy with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and his family.” Mrs. Morton said.
“This experience has made me much more aware of the importance of early intervention and the development of more services for people with the disorder. Having all the facilities in one place will certainly be logistically better for both families and staff.”
- Facility will provide care to more than 400 pre-school children
- Expand other Autism Association services
- Lotterywest contributed $4 Million to building, remaining revenue primarily from fundraising