Your stories

We want to thank all of the incredible people who’ve offered to share their stories.

Hopefully you will find inspiration in reading about other parents and carers in similar situations to you. They can attest to the benefits of taking the time to attend a Positive Partnerships workshop.

  • Dad supporting Dads

    Ian lives in South Australia with his wife, Rhonda, and their four children. Incredibly, three of the children have a diagnosis of autism. The family are passionate about raising awareness about autism and supporting others in similar situations...

  • Young boy plays with toys on carpet

    It’s all about relationships

    Family reflects on the challenges, lessons, and triumphs of raising a child with autism Since Ege, the youngest of Selim and Handan’s four sons was diagnosed with autism, the parents have become valued supporters of Positive Partnerships. They...

  • School supplies on desk

    From difficult diagnosis to high school success

    Mum shares her top lessons from two day workshop When Kate McLaren attended our two day workshop in Camden 2012, she made a conscious effort to listen and take notes on everything. What she came away with was three key points that would...

  • Edwards family portrait

    Transition to school eased by planning matrix

    Starting school is an exciting yet daunting time for any family, but with two young children diagnosed with ASD, Trish Edwards was beginning to feel overwhelmed by the questions and concerns she had about her childrens education. “I wasn’t sure...

  • Amal and Samira at a Positive Partnerships event

    The journey of Amal & Samira

    Amal (pictured right) has been instrumental in helping us create a range of Positive Partnerships resources for Arabic communities. She recently shared her story with us in an interview for a video resource we are producing. In this inspiring...

  • Jaki French and a group from her Indigenous community

    Mother leads change in her community

    Jaki French (pictured here holding a certificate) is a Kamilaroi woman and mother to a young man with autism. She, and others in her community, have been a driving force behind the development of many new resources for Aboriginal families of school...

  • Adult holding a child's hand

    Intuition wins through

    When her son Thomas Smith reached 14 months, Tania Snare began to suspect he had autism spectrum disorder. It wasn’t until he was five years old however, that Thomas was diagnosed and the quest for additional support began. The Snare-Smiths'...

  • Photo of Aunty Rosie in Moree

    Aunty a driving force for Aboriginal families in Moree

    Rosie Hankey (nee Jenkins) is a Kamilaroi woman. She works with Pius X Aboriginal Corporation in Moree, NSW, as a school learning support officer across the three ‘L’s’ of language, learning and literacy in the Kiah Preschool. Aunty Rosie, as she...

  • Dad poses with two sons in front of tree

    Dad finds confidence to support son

    Nathan Saunders, a father from the NSW Central Coast, used to find his son’s behaviour quite baffling. Like all parents, Nathan’s goal has always been for his son, Jake, to be happy but sometimes he felt like Jake’s autism got in the way. Nathan...