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people when the vacuum cleaner was on, or that the only foods he used to eat were white because he couldn’t handle anything green or red? “I used to defend him quite a bit when other mums would ask me why he wasn’t crawling, why he didn’t care to play with their kids. I could see all the other children his age reaching their milestones, playing and giggling William with his mum Julia and aunty Liz, right, and opposite, attending William Ready. together. It left me a little broken inside. They meant well and never “We feel so passionate and “They love what we have created, meant to upset me … I guess they just excited about what the program has but more than anything the support didn’t see deep down what I could.” done for William, that we wanted to and interest in what we are doing help other children,” Julia said. is what is driving us to make this a Julia said since William was diagnosed, life had been “a little crazy”. “Parents of autistic kids have it William Ready’s educational huge success. There is a clear need school readiness program is located for programs like ours and this has in North Warrandyte. The program’s been proven with the interest we are “William Ready is that help, that learning components include already receiving.” support, that guiding desire to see all a sensory room. The company children on the spectrum succeed in offers a product range designed “here to make a difference and ensure their own unique way.” to assist children in various ways, that every child is given the chance to with products available to purchase reach their ultimate potential”. tough,” she said. William is currently doing “amazingly well”, according to Julia. “He is a busy little boy with on-site and online. The company is also currently Julia, Andy and Liz said they are “William is a constant reminder to us that being unique is something his weeks consisting of therapy, working with Victorian primary to be treasured and celebrated. kindergarten and the William Ready schools on design and construction That love and acceptance is what program, as well as gymnastics, of sensory spaces to improve everybody wants, diagnosis or not,” swimming and playing with his dog inclusiveness and diversity. Liz said. Holly,” she said. “Our other son Ryder, aged three, “Since William Ready began, we “It is so important that each have sourced as much information as student has someone to help nurture is such a wonderful little brother for possible by attending conferences, and engage their strengths and William. There is such a lovely bond seminars, expos, completing courses understand their challenges. We will between them and one that they will and chatting to experts in the field to never stop believing in children and always have.” gain as much knowledge as we can,” we will do everything in our power Liz said. to ensure they always believe in William has made such significant gains this year that Julia, Andy “The feedback we have received themselves.” and Liz are excited to see how he has been nothing but positive. We transitions to primary school next have parents coming up to us and enrolments is available by emailing year. They are excited to open saying, ‘I wish you were around when William Ready to others. my child was five-years-old’. Further information about people 33