Ali, 5, road tests his new set of wheels

ALI Naji, 5, is a determined Fairfield youngster.

Although diagnosed with triplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, he is keen to become independent.

When he road tested his first wheelchair at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in Prairiewood last Wednesday, a couple of visitors came in to say hello.

Smithfield MP Andrew Rohan and the Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Andrew Constance, were there.

Ali greeted Mr Constance with a cheeky high five.

CPA caters for 700 clients like Ali, some just four months old.

The Prairiewood centre is one of 55 NSW sites and it opened in 1995.

Mr Constance was there because the government has given CPA $37 million for 2012-13. The funds will enable services such as therapy, accommodation and leisure programs.

Mr Constance said he would continue supporting CPA because of its strong relationship with local families.

Mr Rohan said CPA's services were "vital to our culturally diverse local community", especially as it provided interpreters to prevent language barriers.

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