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13 July, 2021

Funds put to sound use

AUTISM Queensland Mackay put some recent funding to good use by soundproofing their therapy rooms and installing safety equipment. North Queensland Services manager Ann-Marie Watson was excited receiving a $16,365 grant.


CHAMPIONS: Autism Queensland’s Ann-Marie Watson (CENTRE) with staff

By ANDREW SORENSEN

AUTISM Queensland Mackay put some recent funding to good use by soundproofing their therapy rooms and installing safety equipment.

North Queensland Services manager Ann-Marie Watson was excited receiving a $16,365 grant.

The grant came from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, and Ms Watson said some of the money went towards soundproofing more of their rooms.

Some of the money also went towards installing magnetic locks and observation windows, which helps with ensuring the safety of their clients.

Autism Queensland has applied for each round of the Gambling Community Benefit fund.

Ms Watson said “it’s been very beneficial to all our services.

“This funding came from round 108 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. It’s quite amazing the difference this has made,” Ms Watson said.

Staff at the Mackay branch were extremely grateful for the additional money that came from the grant.

“We applied for every fund each year and we’ve been extremely successful this year, as well as overwhelmed by the generosity of those that have helped us,” she said.

“What made us apply for this year’s funding was that we have a centre in Mackay, but found more and more we were needing soundproofing as we were getting more clients.”

By soundproofing more of their therapy rooms, she said this would bring greater privacy for conversations between the client and their therapist.

However, she explained this would protect clients from being upset by loud and unexpected outside noise that might upset them.

Also, parents would not hear any meltdowns or loud laughs from a session.

“Our clients and their families might often have very young ones … some of our clients are very loud. They have so much fun in their therapy sessions they are sometimes shouting,” she said.

“So it’s important that it’s not necessarily heard as it could be disruptive and upsetting.”  


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