Carers special: The Blakey family

Monday, May 3, 2010
The Blakey Family

Millions of Australians are disabled themselves or care for someone with a profound disability. Read the shocking stories of those left to soldier on in silence.

The Blakey family

“What happens to kids over 6?”

“My son Samuel is 12 years old and has Asperger's Syndrome which is an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Sam is homeschooled due to anxiety and bullying that has occurred.

My 'beef is with the availability of financial support for therapy that my son needs.

The government has introduced an autism scheme that enables families to receive $10 000 to go towards therapy.

The only catch with this is that your child has to be under six-years-old. What happens then to the children over six who need therapy?

My son needs therapy with a psychologist, speech therapist and an occupational therapist but unfortunately I can't afford it so he misses out on being given the best opportunity for the future. Australia is so behind in supporting people with disabilities.”

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