IPSWICH mum Gail Cox is greeted with a beaming smile every time she picks up her 19-year-old daughter, Hannah, from a new disability support service operating in Leichhardt.
Hannah, who has autism spectrum disorder, has some difficulties with behaviour, social interaction, sensory perception and, especially, communication.
She is non-verbal and uses an iPad with a specialised application called Proloquo2Go to communicate.
According to Ms Cox, the CPL Leichhardt service is working with Hannah to improve her skills with her iPad app, and is giving her an opportunity to build her interpersonal and communication skills.
“I’m really happy with how the service has individualised the program for Hannah,” Ms Cox said.
“I’m really impressed with how the CPL staff are taking her goals on. She’s not just sitting somewhere for the day. She’s progressing in her learning.
“Whenever I go there, she’s always walking around with a big smile on her face.”
Manager of CPL’s new Leichhardt service, Laurel Evans, said opening the centre had helped locals access disability support with unique programs and activities.
“CPL stands for Choice, Passion and Life, which is what we’re all about,” Ms Evans said.
“Our new service offers adults and teenagers opportunities to grow their creative skills, make friends and use new technology,” she said.
A mobile service is also available for people living in surrounding suburbs.