Ezra thrives in fresh start
AFTER years of bullying, Ezra Hill’s parents chose to home-school him.
His high-functioning autism meant he struggled socially and his literacy and numeracy comprehension was identified as low.
In January, he started at the Communicare Academy, a purpose-built facility aimed at empowering at-risk and disengaged young people by providing an alternative approach to their education which challenges and inspires them to develop socially and emotionally.
Ezra (16) said that despite the long journey each day from his home in Singleton, he was much happier at the school.
“I like school now, I wasn’t doing well before,” he said.
The Year 11 student’s new chapter has helped him embrace his passion as a volunteer trainer at Riding for the Disabled.
Last month, he won the Leon Mills Memorial Award for his work with disabled young horse riders.
Parents who nominated him cited his kind and calm nature for bringing their children out of their shells.
“I like to work with animals, and I like helping the kids… I like being there,” Ezra said.
The humble student said continuing his work with the children was more important to him than an award and he was committed to carrying on his volunteer work.
Ezra is nominated for a National Riding for the Disabled Volunteer Award, which will be announced on November 13.
Ezra Hill at the Peel Riding for the Disabled stables.