The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) has again been requested to advocate on behalf of another case of discrimination against people living with disability; again involving those people seeking permanent residency.
Deepak Manuel and his family have been denied permanent residency based solely on the disability status of his 5-year-old son who has been diagnosed with Microcephaly.
Children born with Microcephaly have head circumferences smaller than average and affected brain development. NSW doctors say Deepak’s son has a mild to moderate developmental delay.
Suresh Rajan, NEDA President, said “yet again we see this horrid practice of discrimination against people because of their disability. Again I say that this is not the Australian way of the “fair go.” These are people who have lived in Australia and contributed to the social and moral fabric of this country.”
Mr. Rajan continued “Once again we will see a family discriminated against based on disability and with that we will lose another family that has chosen Australia to live. We should be honoured that they wish to live here. Not only do we lose these people but we lose people with valuable skill sets, people who add value to Australia”.
Dwayne Cranfield NEDA CEO stated “Deepak and his family are now forced to leave the country by August of this year. This process has not just cost Deepak and his family their jobs and life in Australia; the application process has also cost them more than $8,000 to date.”
Suresh Rajan added “they are being forced to leave friends, schools, and jobs. This is their life we are talking about. Deepak has even signed a waiver stating that his son will not be a “burden to the community by way of medical costs, but still they must leave”.
“This man has the support of his work colleagues at the Illawarra Hospital where he is employed as a nurse and held in high esteem. This treatment of people living with disability is unjust and unacceptable” said Dwayne Cranfield.
For further information, please contact NEDA CEO Mr. Dwayne Cranfield on 02 62626867 or NEDA President Mr. Suresh Rajan on 0413436001.