Winner ‘Focus on Ability’ film festival
…I’ve played this film worldwide and yet to meet an audience that hasn’t been very moved… it powerfully reinforces anti-bullying messages…

Martin Wren
CEO of NOVA

Overnight I went from being a marketing executive in the corporate world, to a mother of a child with very high needs.

My son Richard has autism. I can now make this statement easily, but there were times in the past that it would catch in my throat. I’m so proud of who he has become and proud of how he faced the many obstacles that he was confronted with. Richard is one of my biggest blessings he has taught me how to love unconditionally, how to be patient and he reminds me daily to try to become a better person.

My-story-imgRichard attended a wonderful school with caring teachers, yet he was lonely. Following one particular incident I was inspired to create a YouTube video. This video seemed to have hit a nerve, the emails of support, empathy and encouragement clogged my inbox and we even won the NOVA Focus on Ability Short Film Award. In this video I challenge the wider community be kinder and more inclusive.

The huge reaction to the video inspired me to write a book, however it was not enough to just share the narrative, as a society “we need to be proactive and encourage genuine, practical inclusion for our children.” So now I focus my energy in sharing my message of inclusion through speaking and via the MATES program and also in fostering the leadership skills of our youth and sharing a message of hope, determination and empowerment.

Inclusion is not just about
physical presence or tolerance,
it’s about acceptance and
the real opportunity to participate.

Randa Habelrih

Moments

Testimonials

  • This is a book of hope, a book of encouragement and of enormous courage…this book should travel the world and its message needs to be heard.

    Hon. Dame
    Prof Marie Bashir
  • Randa reminds us that we need to raise the standards of inclusion for all people.
    I have benefitted first hand not only from your book, but by my association with you and the information you provide.

    The Hon. John Ajaka
    MLC NSW Minister for Disability Services and Multiculturalism
  • Randa is an engaging speaker and presenter who shares her and
    her family’s inspirational story, leaving the audience with a powerful message at the end.

     

    Randa is able to weave humour through her story, one which includes both sad and frustrating events but one where she is able to ensure that the key message of inclusion for all students is the message learned by her audiences.

     

    Randa’s presentation to our 4th year education students had real power and energy behind it which will be transferred into classrooms.

    Julie Maakrun
    Senior Lecturer and Primary Course Co-ordinator University of Notre Dame Sydney
  • Randa Habelrih is an inspiring speaker. Apart from being an absolute professional she is engaging, warm and authentic and her conviction for her message is inspiring. I am so excited about the impact her work is having on our community.

    Deborah Fay
    Author Principal Publisher MJL Publications
  • Randa was inspirational in the way that she engaged the students in her presentation. The MATES program has really contributed to the positive inclusive learning environment at Matraville Sports High School and has provided positive student leadership opportunities for the MATES leaders.

    Lisa Keating
    Deputy Principal Matraville Sports High School
  • Randa is an inspiring speaker, we were particularly inspired by her message of inclusion…she was one of the favourite speakers at our conference.

    Jennifer Kemp
    General Manager, Client Services, Lifestart

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, psychologist or therapist. My opinions are not a result of any formal qualification. They are based entirely on having lived and breathed autism since my son was born in 1996. My only expertise is I am a mother of a child with autism. It is often said that once you meet a child with autism, you have met ONE child with autism, they are all so different and that is what is meant by the term ‘being on the spectrum’. The spectrum is wide and my experience on a day to day basis will vary with yours, all I want to do is try to light your path so you can eventually see your own light at the end of the autism tunnel.