Morning Tea for Autism Queensland’s Creative Futures Recognition Awards
Brisbane City Councillor for Runcorn Ward, Cr Kim Marx; Autism Queensland Chair, Mr Ian Langdon; Chief Executive Officer, Ms Pam Macrossan; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen; girls and boys.
As Patron of Autism Queensland, it is a great pleasure to welcome you to Government House this morning.
I at once acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands around Brisbane and extend respectful greetings to Elders and emerging leaders.
I always look forward to celebrating the Autism Queensland’s Creative Futures Recognition Awards, because it is an opportunity to hear the stories of remarkable Queenslanders.
We come together to pay tribute to those individuals and the organisations who understand the true meaning of community.
The selfless act of helping others, not only unites and strengthens, but also has the power to be an example to all.
Today’s ceremony also acknowledges International Day of People with Disability and the theme this year reminds us that ‘not all disabilities are visible’ - a reality for many on the autism spectrum.
Supporting those with ASD is challenging because every person has unique needs. Autism Queensland strives to make sure they are not alone, and certainly not unnoticed.
Being prepared for change is central to assisting those with autism.
When COVID-19 transformed our world in March this year, the organisation’s major concern was not how to help their clients, but how to reach them.
Within days of lockdown the education and therapy teams across the State transitioned to online delivery, ensuring clients and families remained connected and safe.
The anxiety of isolation, disrupted routines and altered services must have caused moments of extreme stress during this period.
I extend my most sincere gratitude to the Autism Queensland community for allaying these fears while managing this difficult situation.
Working together towards a shared vision supports not only those on the autism spectrum, but also those who provide daily care.
In addition, professionals who search for better solutions, open the way for communities and businesses to embrace those on the autism spectrum for their special talents and abilities.
Whether you are a person with autism or helping those on the autism spectrum, today’s awards reflect a Queensland where people with ASD can find individualised opportunities to participate and contribute to this great State.
On behalf of all Queenslanders, I congratulate award winners for your extraordinary achievements, valuable contribution and professional excellence.
Your diligence and dedication are a credit to you as individuals and to the organisations you represent.
Through your leadership and actions, a more tolerant and inclusive Queensland is being created.