Adyan bin Hasan is only six. He was born in Australia but now he can be deported together with his Bangladeshi parents after their plea for residency was denied due to Adyan’s disability, as Daily Mail explains.
Adyan suffered a stroke at birth and now lives with a very mild form of cerebral palsy which prevents him from picking up heavy things or climbing. The Department of Home Affairs ruled against the family’s plea to stay in the country, saying the boy would require ‘ongoing therapy support’ and therefore be considered a ‘burden’ on the country’s health system, according to the report.
A subsequent appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal was unsuccessful as the governing body said they could not overturn the boy’s health assessment. The family’s only hope now is for Immigration Minister David Coleman to intervene in their case and appeal the decision – otherwise they’ll be given two weeks to pack up and go back to Bangladesh.
The family has been living ‘in limbo’ and he has been struggling to concentrate at work with their potential deportation looming. Their temporary visas have been extended until Mar 24 as they wait for a final decision.
Despite Adyan’s diagnosis, the boy’s father said medical reports show he is cognitively developing like any other child.His parents say Adyan, who loves going to the library in his hometown of Geelong in Victoria, requires limited physiotherapy and help from an occupational therapist. ‘He is independent in his physical movement – Adyan loves to run, jump and play like any other  year old, carefree kid,’ they wrote in a Change.org petition that has gained more than 2,600 signatures so far.