Liesel Gaffley was shattered when her eldest son, Alexander Gaffley, 6, was diagnosed with autism as a toddler, and dedicated as much time as she could to his needs.
“We realised at 18 months that there was something wrong with Alex: he just changed and was no longer making eye-contact with us and had stopped talking. Even now he doesn’t use full sentences when speaking, simply using one word to refer to things he wants or needs,” she said.
In September 2016, Gaffley started her NGO, called the Alexander Foundation, in order to raise awareness about autism.
“I give talks at events once a month about mental health and sell T-shirts and key rings to help raise funds for the NGO and for other organisations that help kids with autism,” she said.