How love saved Luke Modra – Autism ( Australia)

Luke’s story, told in the Sunday Herald Sun in 2009, revealed how the human spirit could be crushed by a stark state care system with little human contact or stimulus.

As one of Victoria’s most severely autistic people, Luke was the archetype of the case authorities left to wither in the too-hard basket. At 15, he was placed in state care where his violent outbursts and his complex way of processing the world left him languishing in prison-like conditions for 20 hours a day for six years.

But now after a year living free from the system, his parents, Mark and Ellen Modra, have a message for the Department of Human Services: by swapping restraint for care and punishment for understanding, the severely disabled can live happy and productive lives without families being destroyed and lives ruined.

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