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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    New Qld Autism Hub and Reading Centre officially opened

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

    New Qld Autism Hub and Reading Centre officially opened

    A new education centre officially opened in Woolloongabba today will help students with autism and reading difficulties reach their full potential.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk joined Education Minister Kate Jones to open the new $2 million Autism Hub and Reading Centre.

    “The Autism Hub aims to improve educational outcomes for students with autism by providing links with parents, schools and the community and helping them access services,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “It will ensure support for these students is streamlined, coordinated and responsive to individual needs.

    “The hub will give evidence-based support and advice to help state and non-state schools engage and retain students with autism so they are academically and socially successful.

    “It will also work with universities and community organisations to hold workshops for parents, involving professionals with expertise in a range of specialist areas including managing complex and challenging behaviours.”

    Minister Jones said Autism Hub staff would work with autism coaches in each Education region to coordinate specialist support and advice.

    “Our teachers are dedicated professionals and they deserve to be supported in delivering an inclusive, world-class education for all students,” Ms Jones said.

    “The new Autism Hub and Reading Centre is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Advancing education: an action plan for education in Queensland.

    “The Reading Centre provides specialist advice to educators and parents on how to teach reading and support readers, including strategies for students with reading difficulties.

    “This support includes providing online and face-to-face professional programs for teachers and parents.

    “The centre will inspire, encourage and teach young Queenslanders to read, including developing strategies for students who have reading difficulties such as dyslexia.

    “This government is committed to address potential barriers to learning to ensure students develop as positive and confident learners in a safe, supportive and connected environment.”

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