Aby Wright with son Joe.
Aby Wright with son Joe. Emily Haynes

Thief steals seven-year-old disabled boy's cherished iPad

WHEN Joe Wright wakes up and searches for his iPad this morning, as he does every day, he's not going to find it.

The seven-year-old, who has Down syndrome, was the victim of a senseless crime overnight on Monday. Someone broke into his family's Chancellor Park home in the middle of the night through the kitchen window and took his iPad.

His mother Aby, who juggles her roles as carer for Joe with her full-time studies at university, said the theft had made her angry.

"Joe's asked for it already," she said. "But we've had to tell him that a nasty person took it."

Joe received the iPad last year thanks to a grant from Coast charity Inclusive Kids.

"When I'm not around, it's a calming tool for him," Ms Wright said. "It also has all his learning apps."

Ms Wright implored the thief to bring the iPad back.

"All access to the internet and iTunes is blocked. The iPad's of no use to anyone unless they have the password."

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