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Hi, looking for help/advice.
My wife and I are thinking of trying a life in Australia, mainly for a better life to our children. Our oldest daughter has autism and learning difficulties. We have let down by the schooling system in the UK and my wife has had enough. We've both lived aboard before so know the pros and cons about living in another country. So ideally we'd be looking for schools which are equipped for our daughter and a life style which has her best interests.

Any help would be grateful.

Andy & Vicky
 

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Hi, looking for help/advice. My wife and I are thinking of trying a life in Australia, mainly for a better life to our children. Our oldest daughter has autism and learning difficulties. We have let down by the schooling system in the UK and my wife has had enough. We've both lived aboard before so know the pros and cons about living in another country. So ideally we'd be looking for schools which are equipped for our daughter and a life style which has her best interests. Any help would be grateful. Andy & Vicky
I assume you don't yet have visas to live and work in Australia. You'll have a great deal of difficulty getting permanent visas because of your daughter's autism - generally they reject visa applications of this nature because of the cost to the Medicare system.
 

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No we don't have any visa. That does surprise me a little with the application be rejected. Her condition does need alot of funding only her medication. It was more the way of life, she lives for the outdoors it's where she can be free. Making friends ect is hard for her and both my wife and I work full time so have little free time for her sadly. But that is our current t life in England. We see Australia as more family time for her with use work commitments.
 

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No we don't have any visa. That does surprise me a little with the application be rejected. Her condition does need alot of funding only her medication. It was more the way of life, she lives for the outdoors it's where she can be free. Making friends ect is hard for her and both my wife and I work full time so have little free time for her sadly. But that is our current t life in England. We see Australia as more family time for her with use work commitments.
Unfortunately they don't take into account where your child is on the spectrum or if she is managing only with medication. You may wish to consult a migration agent that specialises in these cases. Try George Lombard. He should be able to let you know if your application has a chance.
 

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Thanks for your help, will have to keep researching and speak to people. Any other advice people have got regarding our thread please comment.
 

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There have been many people on here fail for a visa with a child with autism. You can do a search on the forum for the same threads. This gets asked a lot. There is not much chance of getting the visa. It is not just the cost of the meds they factor in it is the special education schooling and the potential for not working amd receiving benefits. The cost is just so great. If she attends a special education school or has an education assistant etc the visa application will most likely be unsuccessful as it usually is. Sorry :(
 

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Some threads that might be of interest:
http://www.expatforum.com/expats/au...ats-living-australia/657177-child-autism.html
http://www.expatforum.com/expats/au...al-exam-4-year-old-who-could-have-autism.html
http://www.expatforum.com/expats/au...coverage-services-therapies-child-autism.html

I would definitely recommend some more research about schooling and support for kids with autism in Australia. _shel (one of the mods) returned to the UK because they found the public schooling not satisfactory (and had to pay for many additional services such as speech therapy themselves):
Though if it is autism you realise the UK is the best place for him? Services and schooling for kids with autism are poor in Australia, they dont have special or specialist schools. Hence why we are not going back until our sons education is done despite hubby being a citizen and his grandparents being out there.
 
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