Minister for Disability Services and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt today announced grants of up to $2000 for people or organisations improving the quality of life of adults who have an intellectual or cognitive disability.
Mr Pitt said the grants are available from the Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Support – a joint initiative of the Queensland Government and the University of Queensland.
“The Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Support aims to improve the quality of life of adults with an intellectual disability, by researching ways to better support them to overcome challenging behaviour,” Mr Pitt said.
“The research coming out of the Centre of Excellence is world class – but we know more can and is being done in communities and homes right across Queensland,” he said.
“We want people to let us know about the great work they are doing to help adults with an intellectual or cognitive disability.”
“Sharing this information will help practitioners, but also individuals, carers and families to receive the right support at the right time.”
Mr Pitt said the grants were about celebrating the people and organisations who are doing great and innovative work to help adults with a disability.
“This research is helping to ensure that Queenslanders with a disability get the best possible support, by establishing best practice and examining what works and what could work better,” Mr Pitt said.
Director of the Centre of Excellence for Behavioural Support Professor Karen Nankervis said staff at the centre would partner with the recipients of the grants to support them in evaluating and documenting their work.
“The priority of this 2011 grant scheme is to encourage more open and innovative practice,” Professor Nankervis said.
Applications can be downloaded from the Centre of Excellence website and must be received by close of business Friday 16 May.