Some of the 700 young people estimated to live with autism on the Sunshine Coast will receive additional assistance thanks to a Federal Government grant.
A $487,500 Strong and Resilient Communities grant was awarded to Steps Group recently.
The grant will go towards the Steps Positive Autism Connections project, which will aim to work with children, youth and families with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to support their social and economic participation within their communities.
The program will work to prevent isolation by presenting opportunities for education, socialisation, building of friendships and shared support from others in the same situation.
Presenting the grant, Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace says the program can make a difference for hundreds of families on the Sunshine Coast.
“Autism can be an isolating disorder, both for those living with it directly and for their families. The Government wants to help build strong communities with a real sense of belonging, and to do this we need to tackle all kinds of social isolation,” he says.
“By giving young people and their families opportunities to socialise, to build resilience and share knowledge, this program will help us to build a stronger and more inclusive community for everyone.”