Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

This Life of Reilly Is an Uphill Battle Parents of Kids with Disabilities Seek Help; No-One Knows Unless Their Needs Are Registered, Support Group Finds

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

This Life of Reilly Is an Uphill Battle Parents of Kids with Disabilities Seek Help; No-One Knows Unless Their Needs Are Registered, Support Group Finds

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Kerri Moore

Reporter

DURING her son's 16 years, Jenene Moore has had to fight for him to be able to experience the simple things most take for granted.

Simply spending time in a "normal" classroom or inclusion in swimming lessons have come after battling to ensure her autistic son, Reilly, would be able to enjoy the same basics as other children. And now, as the teenager inches closer to leaving school, she knows the battle has just begun.

Ms Moore is fearful of how Reilly will spend his time when he is no longer at school. "The way he is maturing he might be able to one day get a job like they have at the Endeavour but he will never be able to live on his own," she said.

"We definitely need a lifestyle centre where there is a bit more support for these kids and we need to get rid of the waiting lists.

"There are always waiting lists but these service need to be more accessible."

The loving mother said there is a desperate need for additional services in Warwick for people with disabilities and their families.

A learning and lifestyle centre has long been the passion of Warwick and District Disability Support Group president Peter Stacy.

Such a centre would provide people with disabilities with an opportunity to develop all kinds of skills and make new friends while carers enjoy some well-deserved time off.

Mr Stacy believes there is a strong need for such a centre in the Rose City but said carers need to ensure their children or loved ones are registered on the Department of Communities' register of need.

The database stores the number of people in each local government area whose needs are not being met by the services and facilities on offer in that area.

Mr Stacy said the latest figures for the Southern Downs area showed 108 people in the 0-17 age group had unmet needs and 154 young adults were in the same boat. …

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