The AEIOU Foundation for Children with Autism have a simple yet sincere goal: to provide early intervention that enables children with autism to live their best lives.
The local branch is asking businesses to get involved in their fundraising initiatives throughout the month of April to assist with the continuation of their support services.
“April is autism awareness month,” AEIOU Bundaberg's Kathryn Broad said.
“On April 2 we Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness Day in recognition of people with autism and those who love and support them.”
Kathryn said the not-for-profit organization was established in 2005 to deliver high-quality therapy and care.
“We have been a part of the Bundaberg community for over six years now providing vital support for children living with autism to develop essential life skills, independence and confidence,” she said.
We currently provide services for 22 children- five days a week, our program is intensive early intervention, so our little guys work really hard and are engaged in intensive therapy five days a week and for six hours a day.
“At the Bundaberg Centre we conduct local events and initiatives to help raise funds and awareness in our local community.”
Kathryn said all funds raised go directly back to the Bundaberg centre for education and therapy equipment and outdoor play equipment to help local children with autism reach their full potential.
“The AEIOU program offers intensive individual learning plans tailored to meet the needs of each child and family, developing skills in areas including social interaction, communication, cognitive development, and fine and gross motor skills,” she said.
“Each year, more than 70% of children who complete the program successfully transition to mainstream school.”
Kathryn said every dollar and donation counted toward their fundraising initiative and no amount of support was too small.
To make a difference, contact the Bundaberg Service Manager on 4155 0399 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.