Son Vu and Thuy Cai appeal to parliament through the local paper on 25 August 2003.
Source: Fairfax Community Papers
‘I arrived in Australia in 1999 to join my husband Son Vu, dreaming about family, children and a future after four years of waiting for sponsor documents.
‘We worked so hard to learn English, find jobs and buy a home to welcome my son, Bill, born in May 2000. It was a black day when he was diagnosed with autism and intellectual disability before his third birthday. How difficult was the beginning of my journey – cultural issues, finance and poor information, but with great support from Son I slowly overcame them.
‘I kept my day job, attended workshops at night, did the research and began an exhaustive process of genetic testing, diet, medication, advocacy and therapy. I knocked at doors of disability services, appealed to my MP and finally won for Bill a childcare place with extra support staff, early intervention, speech therapy, music therapy…
‘Bill’s progress inspired me to share my experience with others in the same boat. In 2009 I completed my Diploma of Disability and began a disability career. Keep hoping, keep believing and keep fighting for the needs of your child and your dreams for them will come true!’