Gold Logie winner Waleed Aly has opened up about his son Zayd’s autism, describing the nine-year-old as a “lovely little man”.
Aly, who is beamed into our homes every week via The Project and has creating a hugely successful media career discussing tough issues, says he decided to talk about Zayd’s diagnosis after a discussion with his wife, academic Dr. Susan Carland.
He told TV Week his son’s diagnosis in 2011 has been a “major” thing for the family, but “because of the early diagnosis, he was able to get the support he needed”.
“He’s a lovely little man, and it’s lovely watching him grow through all of these things,” Aly continued.
Aly and Carland, who were married in 2002 and are also parents to Aisha, 13, say Aly’s fame and his new gold statuette won’t change the dynamic of life together in their Melbourne home.
“They might say congratulations and then I’ll say ‘Alright go practice your piano,'” he told the magazine after his Logies win.
Aly speaks about wife Dr Susan Carland in his Gold Logie acceptance speech. Post continues after video…
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics most recent data, one in 53 children aged between four and nine will register on the Austism spectrum in Australia.