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Australia Refuses Immigration Visa To Autistic Girl, 12

September 19, 2012

This is not at all a fair or right rule. However, sadly, I have covered a similar case before. Canada also unfortunately refuses immigrants with disabilities.

An Oxfordshire family have spoken of their distress at being turned down by Australian immigration because of their autistic child.

Adrian and Julie Scott, from Didcot, want to move with Niamh, 12, who has severe autism and is profoundly deaf.

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship said families who required health or community care could be refused.

The Scotts said they thought living in Australia would have benefited Niamh.

Their twin sons already live on the continent, and Niamh’s grandparents emigrated there almost 20 years ago.

Mrs Scott said: “Anybody who’s got a child would do anything to make their child’s life the best they possibly can for them.

“We didn’t choose to have a disabled child. Why shouldn’t she still have as much of a life as anybody else?”

‘Reducing stress’

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship said it did not refuse applications based on disabilities, but it took into account public expenditure on “health care and community services in short supply”.

It added: “For most permanent visas, if one family member fails to meet the health requirement, the visa cannot be granted to any of the migrating unit.”

Niamh’s grandmother, Ann Styants, said she was “devastated” when she heard Niamh’s permanent visa had been denied.

She said: “The only illnesses she ever has now are what any child gets.”

Richard Mills, of Research Autism, said there was little evidence that a change of climate helped autism, but a “change in sensory environment is very important in reducing stress both on the child and the parents”.

Mrs Scott said she would fight the decision.

“I have to believe I’ll get there, for her,” she added.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2012 1:10 pm

    Disgraceful!! With one child in 50, or thereabouts, suffering with autism, this is potentially a problem for many children and families. But there may be light at the end of the tunnel in the form of GcMAF. This is an extract of Dr Bradstreets talk a couple of weeks ago, treating autism with GcMAF, and he gets a response rate of 85%. Dr Antonucci, in Italy, has also trialled GcMAF and gets a similar response rate. I am in touch with many parents of autistic children through my work and when I get feedback that non-verbal children have started talking, it makes my day. One response this week – ‘3 days after the first injecton and my non-verbal son said ‘goodnight’ before going to bed last night. I am very excited to see the effects of the next dose’. You should look at for more info


  2. September 24, 2012 1:11 pm

    Sorry, I forgot to put the link to Dr Bradstreets talk –


  3. James K permalink
    October 6, 2012 4:28 am

    I’m going through the same thing to have my partner here and she is being literallay discriminated because she wears glasses!!! I’m an Australian citizen and I can honestly say I hate my own country because of laws that prevent people being treated equally…

    Autism is very complex but to a family that have raised a child they know the routines and what they are doing.



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