There is nothing more important to little Lucy Jackson than to see her autistic brother be given the opportunity to learn in Hong Kong. In a two-page handwritten letter to Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, Lucy, 11, appealed for help for children with special education needs who could not speak Chinese struggling to find school places. 'Even though I am small, listen to what I have to say,' Lucy told Mr Tsang. 'Max is a great brother and learner who reads like an 11-year-old. He is also the best at drawing in our family. I am proud of my brother but the Hong Kong government is a different matter. 'My dad told me the government gets extra money called a surplus. Why don't you use that to help kids like Max to live and learn?' Lucy took part in a letter-writing campaign organised by special education pressure group Growing Together, fighting to secure funding parity for students with special needs who do not speak Chinese. A spokeswoman for Mr Tsang's office confirmed it had received 45 letters from parents and children, and they had been forwarded to the Education Bureau. A bureau spokeswoman said it would reply later. Lucy told Education Post she felt the government neglected the needs of English-speaking children with special needs. 'I really want to get Max and some other autistic English kids a bit more of a chance to live and learn in Hong Kong, instead of being tossed aside on the waiting list.' Their mother, Kate Jackson, said Max did not learn to speak English until he was four and would not be able to understand anything if he went to a local school. 'It's absurd to ask him to attend a school where he doesn't understand anything,' said Ms Jackson, adding that Max had had serious speech and listening comprehension problems. The family paid HK$13,000 a month to hire an education assistant, and HK$4,000 a month for speech and occupational therapy at Bradbury School on top of the HK$54,300 annual school fee. 'We have been permanent residents for 13 years and my husband is paying a lot of tax. We are all here contributing to society but are not getting anything in return.'