Support for Carers of Children with Autism 'isn't there': Autism Awareness Australia

A family of four, including two children with "significant disabilities", were found dead in a home in Sydney's northern beaches, in what police have described as a "tragic" and "horrific" event.

Colombian born Maria Claudia Lutz and her husband Fernando Manrique were found dead in their home in the suburb of Davidson, in an apparent murder-suicide.

Also dead were their two children, 11-year old Elisa and 10-year old Martin.

Both suffered from autism.

Fernando worked for international logistics company Drake, but Maria had given up her career as a lawyer to help care for the two children.

While it's unclear how the family died, it highlights the pressures being faced by families caring for children with autism.

Nicole Rogerson is the Director and CEO of Autism Awareness Australia.

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