CARING for a loved one with a disability is no easy task, as James Jones knows.
His son Noah was diagnosed with autism two years ago.
About to turn six, Noah's social behaviour and speech is that of a three year old.
Common to autism, Noah experiences behaviours and moods that can change in an instant.
Mr Jones said Noah often threw objects at him and his wife and could become quite aggressive with them and other children.
The couple found it almost impossible to find a disability service with space to help Noah.
That is until they stumbled upon Northcott at Mayfield, a non-profit disability care service.
"We've been pulling our hair out since day one, we've been on waiting lists to be on a waiting list."
The Northcott service put Mr Jones in contact with a social worker, who worked with Noah and his parents to control the behavioural issues.
It also enrolled Noah in a kids' swimming program, bought the family tickets to football games and sent them on a weekend away.
Mr Jones said without Northcott's support they would be up the creek without a paddle.
Mr Jones attended Northcott's first annual Hunter Walk With Me at Lambton Park last Wednesday as the organisation's client ambassador.
The event celebrated disability in the Hunter with an 800-metre walk.
Northcott chief executive Kerry Stubbs said Walk With Me aimed to raise awareness that people with a disability were just like everyone else and had a place in the community.