AEIOU Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation and one of Queensland's leading providers of full-time early education for children with autism who are aged between two-and-a-half and six years. Each AEIOU centre is staffed with full-time specialist early childhood teachers and skilled learning facilitators, with support from speech pathologists, occupational and music therapists.
AEIOU Foundation was established in 2005, and operates nine centres across Queensland, in Bray Park, Bundaberg, Camira, the Gold Coast, Hervey Bay, Nathan, the Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Townsville. The Foundation currently enrols around 200 children, and is committed to expanding its services interstate within the next five years.
In addition to providing early education and therapy support, AEIOU Foundation Chairs a Research Advisory Group and is a founding partner of Griffith University's Autism Centre of Excellence. AEIOU also funded research through the Australian Catholic University ARC Linkage project. This worthwhile project provided new strategies to help engage children with autism in learning activities whilst providing educators with many effective intervention techniques.
AEIOU is funded by parent fees, fundraising, donations and some government support. The Foundation has the ongoing challenge of raising the equivalent of $10,000 for every child in the program every year, along with funds for vital research. AEIOU provides strong advocacy at both State and Federal Government levels to help raise awareness and increase the financial support for children with autism and their families.