April 2, 2013
City of Townsville Shines the Light on Autism
JUPITERS Townsville will turn blue to raise awareness for children with autism from 2-7 April 2013 as part of a global campaign to Light it up Blue for World Autism Awareness Month.
AEIOU Foundation CEO Alan Smith said he was delighted to have the support of Jupiters Townsville.
“Jupiters is leading the way in North Queensland, joining international supporters such as the Empire State Building in New York, Tokyo Tower in Japan, the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, and many airports, bridges, museums and buildings across the globe.
“This year, more than 3,000 structures will turn blue in over 80 countries, showing a global commitment to raising awareness and creating conversation about autism, which is a neurological disorder that affects up to 1 in 100 children,” Mr Smith said.
Jupiters Townsville Chief Operating Officer Will Keiler said Jupiters had supported many charities over the years and would continue to do so wherever possible.
“We are delighted to partner with the aeiou Foundation by turning our building blue through those nights in April to help raise awareness for children with autism.”
With the help of its partners, AEIOU Foundation will light the following structures blue across Queensland in the first week of April:
• Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino
• Treasury Casino
• Kurilpa Bridge
• William Jolly Bridge
• Wheel of Brisbane
• Gold Coast Arts Centre
Townsville CityLibraries is also joining the cause. From 10am on Wednesday 24 April, 2013, Thuringowa Central Library will host up to 70 children to create understanding about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). This is part of a state-wide initiative which will see more than 30 libraries in Queensland hosting displays and story time activities with AEIOU.
AEIOU Townsville Centre Manager Leanne Gillman said children from the local Townsville centre, along with their families will join the activities.
“Townsville CityLibraries has created a special morning of songs, stories, and craft activities. Their support means a great deal to the families we care for at AEIOU.”
About AEIOU Foundation: AEIOU Foundation was established in 2005 and is Australia’s largest provider of full-time and part-time early intervention for children with autism with a specialised education and therapy support program which meets the 2012 Australian Good Practice Guidelines.
AEIOU Foundation operates its program from nine locations in Queensland, supporting more than 200 children to develop vital skills. A recent evaluation demonstrates that children who complete AEIOU’s program show significant gains in their communication, as well as reductions in autism symptoms. Around 70 per cent of children who complete the program successfully transition to mainstream school.
For more information about Light it up Blue, established by Autism Speaks, visit lightitupblue.org or www.lightitupblue.com.au
Deborah Whiteoak, AEIOU Corporate Affairs Manager
P: 3320 7520