AEIOU Foundation is committed to ensuring every child with autism has access to high-quality early intervention, via an evidence based program that meets the 2012 Australian Good Practice Guidelines.
At AEIOU, we work closely with State and Federal Government departments to advocate for young children with autism and their families. This is essential, particularly with the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme across Australia, to ensure our families receive adequate funding and support to access the therapy and care they need. We are proud to be part of the Australian Autism Alliance, a national voice for the autism community, and to represent Queensland families on the Queensland Transition Advisory Group (QTAG).
In line with our vision to be recognised as the learning provider of quality early intervention for children with autism and to ensure every child is given the best opportunity to reach their full potential in life, AEIOU is working towards expanding the number of services we operate. By 2018, we will have opened a new purpose-built centre in Brighton Adelaide, and construction of a new early intervention and research centre will be underway in Logan, Queensland. Our strategy includes expansion into Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.
Fundraising is imperative at AEIOU Foundation and our team is dedicated to managing local and national opportunities that support individuals, organisations and corporate partners to make a lasting difference to the lives of young children with autism, and their families.
AEIOU Foundation is committed to research, with a focus on monitoring and assessing the outcomes of the AEIOU program. Through our AEIOU Research and Innovation Committee, a collaboration between the research and assessment team at AEIOU and individuals from external agencies who have expertise in autism, we are able to collect evidence to better understand and meet the needs of children and families attending AEIOU, as well as providing world class information on autism. We are also a key funding partner of the Autism Cooperative Research Centre.
Being an employer of choice within our industry and developing enduring relationships with the families who access our service is important to us. We provide staff with professional development opportunities, including an online learning portal, and provide parents, carers and key support workers with supports and workshops to help achieve shared goals.
AEIOU Foundation is also continually reviewing its governance structure, to ensure we are well placed to meet current and future demands.