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Category Archives: Disability
You’ve probably heard about the government proposal to extend school hours to 45 hours of education per week. Apparently it is designed to allow ALL parents to work full time without resorting to additional childcare. You can read more about it here. My view is … Continue reading
I have kept this post back for a while as it is a depressing read. Nevertheless with the news today that more than 75% of our unemployed young people do not feel they have anything worth living for, I think it’s … Continue reading
SENDirect is a project being developed by the SEND Consortium which is made up of several national charities: Ambitious about Autism, Contact a Family, Dyslexia-Action, Mencap, Scope, ICAN, KIDS and the National Autistic Society. SENDirect will be a National Online Brokerage Service … Continue reading
I wrote to the LA complaining about the way my daughter’s tuition had been abruptly ended. I argued that it was unfair that no thought had been given to her disability and the need for transition. A few days later I received a response saying … Continue reading
Mumsnet are running a campaign called #thisismychild which aims to bust damaging misconceptions of children with additional needs and to promote support and understanding for families. All too often children and young people with disabilities are stared at, ridiculed and … Continue reading
I know the childcare scheme has been discussed a lot recently but I am so fed up with the misrepresentation of stay at home parents that I thought I’d document my views here. As you probably know it is proposed that families with working … Continue reading
I read an autism article the other day. It was in one of our national newspapers and attracted a lot of heated discussion. One thread that caught my attention was a series of exchanges between people about the impact of learning … Continue reading
….that just reforming the statementing system is not enough to relieve the hardship that families like mine face. We also need local services and local schools that are equipped to support the needs of our children. As my story will illustrate, … Continue reading
I’ve just received this email from the EDCM (Every Disabled Child Matters) and I thought I’d share it with you. Dear Debbie The Children and Families Bill currently in Parliament will change how children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) … Continue reading
As a parent I sometimes find it difficult admitting that I am also a carer. It feels an uncomfortable fit mainly because I don’t feel I meet the stereotypical image of someone who looks after a spouse or elderly parent. To refer … Continue reading