Julia Ryan from Warrandyte (VIC) has always dreamed of having a family and was so happy the day she found out she was pregnant. Little did she realise at the time that her beautiful boy, William, would define their family life.
In 2015, William was just 22-months-old and was diagnosed with Autism and Global Developmental Delay.
“The day William was diagnosed will always stay fresh in my mind. Little did we know that our lives would be forever changed,” says Julia.
Through tears, worry and doubt over William’s future, Julia and her husband, Andy, chose to dedicate their lives to making sure that both their boys, diagnosis or not, would be given every chance to live happy, fun, inclusive and successful lives.
Julia and her husband, Andy, and sister Liz founded William Ready (www.williamready.com.au) to prepare William for the transition to Primary School.
“From here, we started designing and manufacturing our own educational products. Originally they were to directly help William but now we see them reaching all children in the school and home environment,” Julia shares.
Julia was thrilled when she was recently announced as a national Emerging Ausmumpreneur finalist in the Ausmumpreneur Awards.
These awards celebrate and recognize Australian mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation.
” I just want William to grow up in a world that embraces inclusiveness, where children are encouraged to play, create, explore and investigate in a safe and supportive environment. A world where uniqueness is not only accepted but celebrated, “comments Julia.
“This award means that my efforts are being recognized which is amazing. Regardless of the outcome I already feel like a winner. Being open about life, Autism and the challenges it brings, helps others see there is hope. Small steps lead to great outcomes and William is living proof of this,” said Julia.
The winners of the 2019 AusMumpreneur Awards will be announced in Melbourne on Friday 6th September.
For further information about William Ready, please visit www.williamready.com.au.