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Muzammil, Sana and their two very special little boys Ashaz and Aydin are a wonderful family living in Western Sydney.

Ashaz, now aged seven, was diagnosed with autism when he was three years and ten months old. Autism is a lifelong condition that impacts development and is characterised mainly by difficulties in communication and social interactions. His parents had no idea what autism was when he was first diagnosed. For a parent, such a diagnosis can be frightening; they didn’t know what the future would hold for Ashaz. Two years later, his brother Aydin was also diagnosed with autism, and this shattered the whole family.

“As a parent you just can’t accept the fact that there may be something wrong with your kid. That’s why it took four years to realise that we really needed to find the right support [with Ashaz] and then do something.” – Muzammil, Ashaz and Aydin’s dad.

Muzammil and Sana tried a few options for therapy but the boys didn’t connect with the therapists they had. That was until they met Candice, one of our therapists in Parramatta, and Northcott quickly became the best option for Ashaz and Aydin.

“Candice was the door for us into our kids’ life. Everything she does just adds a missing part to the puzzle in their development.” – Muzammil.

When Candice first started supporting Ashaz, he had very limited vocabulary; he couldn’t concentrate or follow simple instructions. His parents were worried about how he would fit in with other children or whether he would be able to attend their local school. Very early on, Muzammil and Sana could see the changes in their boys due to Candice’s tailored support and continuous encouragement.

The pair’s confidence bloomed and they started to get invited to birthday parties and playdates, which was a dream come true for Muzammil and Sana.

“I do speech therapy. I do activities with Miss Candice, like numbers, the alphabet. I can write a sentence. I can do work. My favourite thing is doing Lego. Miss Candice helps me with taking turns and instructions.” – Ashaz

“Without Candice, these kids would not have been able to attend their local schools and have confidence to speak up in the classroom and make friends.” – Muzammil.

When you make a gift of any size to Northcott, you are supporting innovative, quality programs that grow and develop with the changing needs of people living with disability and their families.

Even in the world of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), there is so much more that we can do to help children like Ashaz and Aydin … and we need your help to make it happen.

Your tax deductible donation will help Northcott continue to provide life changing opportunities to support children like Ashaz and Aydin to thrive.

If you have any questions regarding your donation please call 1300 378 243 or email