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Young Queenslander in foster care wins Autism Queensland award

A young person with autism who is living in foster care has been recognised for his achievements on International Day of People with Disability yesterday.

Joshua Soloai, 17, won Autism Queensland’s Creative Futures Recognition Awards Individual Achievement Award for his school project showcasing his experience of being in foster care.

Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di Farmer congratulated Joshua on his achievement, and also acknowledged the support given to Joshua from his foster carers and Child Safety staff.

“Huge congratulations to Joshua, who is a very impressive young man achieving great things,” she said.

“Joshua’s winning entry is a short animated film about his experiences in foster care, in his own words.

“The animation tells a wonderful story which highlights both his own personal achievements, and the importance of being part of a loving foster family.

“Joshua’s animation is not only a marvellous achievement on its own, but also it’s important for us to hear directly from young people like Joshua about what’s important to them in care.

To watch Joshua’s animation, go to: https://www.facebook.com/childfamily

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