A woman — who did not want to be named — has a degenerative neurological disorder, while her nine-year-old son has autism and her seven-year-old is deaf.
She said she had struggled to get her youngest son's deafness recognised so that he could receive access to sign language lessons. "Because he can speak and he does use cochlear implants to access sounds, it's been a bit of a battle," she said.
"[The Disability Insurance Commission] are of the opinion that he's not deaf — and it took me three months to convince them that he was." She said the State Government needed to listen to those involved in the trial.