From Bardon with Love: Girl Guides Gift Neurodiversity Mural to Indooroopilly

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Photo credit: Girl Guides QLD: Bardon District/Facebook

A colourful new mural celebrating neurodiversity has brightened up a street corner in Indooroopilly, thanks to the creative efforts of the youth organisation Girl Guides in Bardon.

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The box is titled ‘Neurodiversity is Beautiful’ and was created by guide Amy after input from all of the Guides in the Auslan Guides unit. She completed painting an electrical box at the junction of Moggill Road and Coonan Street.

The guided group of Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing girls and leaders, who are all bilingual in Auslan and English, recently helped by sharing their ideas.

Photo credit: Girl Guides QLD: Bardon District/Facebook 

“This design is inspired by the diversity of brains, and how they might be under the same category but they might be slightly different. Each tree needs certain adjustments and conditions to not just grow but thrive. This is like people in real life,” said Amy.

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“This group of trees / brains include: Autism, PDA, ADHD, Dyslexia, and more, each having their own unique size, colour and shape but all as beautiful as each other.”

Two quirky native animal characters – a wallaby and a bilby representing the group’s leaders – also made a cheeky appearance amid the vibrant trees.

The inspiring mural is the latest in a series of community artworks coordinated by Girl Guides Queensland’s Bardon District to increase neurodiversity awareness and visibility.

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Residents and visitors are encouraged to check out the eye-catching new addition bringing a splash of colour and important messaging to Indooroopilly’s streetscape.

About Girl Guides 

Photo credit: Girl Guides QLD: Bardon District/Facebook 

The Girl Guides group comprises a diverse blend of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and hearing children and leaders, all fluent in both Auslan (Australian Sign Language) and English. They also include Guides with neurodiverse and physical disabilities. Their aim is to decorate a box to promote awareness of the essence of equality through inclusion and acceptance. The fundamental message emphasises the importance of respecting others, irrespective of their differences. 

Published 30-April-2024