I was very interested in the news item in the latest A4 update about Paige Walker and her son Alex who were taking the Victorian Dept of education to court to use for compensation for her son's part time attendance at school due to little school aide funding and she having to take him to school each day and clocking up so many miles. However I did wonder why she had not sorted out the poor deal her son had handed out to him much earlier in the piece. Maybe it is me, but I think attack is the best way of dealing with the endless rubbish that seems to get handed out the parents of kids with disabilities. I really hold to the principle "shoot one , scare a thousand” when you have to deal with endless complaints and poor funding deal that various government department seem to think should be the lot of kids with problems and the resultant rubbish that their parents have to deal with. Begin a strong advocate for your child from the start seems to be the way to go so the various professionals who deal with your child gets the hint that you will not put up with nonsense. Anyway I hope she and Alex win both for their own sakes and to give the various educations systems a strong message in Australia that they need to improve their services to children with autism and other disabilities or those who care for autistic kids will go to court if necessary to ensure that their kids get a fair deal. I would rather be a Rottweiler than be apathetic and put up with stupidity. And yes I know parents get worn down and worn out with caring for their disabled kids but if you don’t take on the stoush and handle it, you seem to end up with endless misery and nothing practical to help your child. Being a good advocate is not tied into being middle class and articulate but how much you are prepared to tolerate in terms of “problems” that are created for you rather than help and creative solutions.