What They Say "Dear Parent/Carer The county council is currently reviewing its transport policy for children and young people, including transport for children with learning difficulties and disabilities. This is with the aim of improving the experience of children and young people travelling in Derbyshire, encouraging independent living skills and as a means of saving money in difficult times"
They then give details of a consultation.
What They Mean "Dear Knackered Person The county council is strapped for cash, so we are going to go after the most vulnerable because we reckon they're the least likely to stop us. We are going to stop transporting your disabled child to school and they can get the bus, or you can take them yourself.
We realise that this means you may now have to be in two places at once, if you have a younger child at another school, say, or take the chance of a vulnerable child actually being able to take a bus by themselves and keep your fingers crossed they actually get to school in the morning and we anticipate a lovely time for you every afternoon, hoping they are going to get back ok, unlike the parent of a child who is safe to get a bus by themselves, but we respectfully request that you bend over and take it up the arse."
I have the same letter TMB only at present it's not a problem because they are successfully denying ds a school from September anyway Will gather the strength needed before I see just how much it's going to affect us but we have two kids with statements at schools outside catchment 30 plus miles apart and one car so unless we grow wings they are going to have to transport at least one of them.
Well they've failed to amend the statement until a week ago, six months after transition review deadline. Still waiting for them to finalise it and we're off to Tribunal. Do you know they propose to make a SEN post sixteen provision at your ds's comp? I found out because they were discussing it at a panel meeting for ds. Of course it's only plans and hasn't been built but they discussed it for ds who should be in post sixteen in a fortnight.
They are planning to build a post 16 SEN provision at the school. I asked for minutes of a panel meeting where they discussed my ds and they talked about it. I phoned the school and was told the plans are being mooted because of difficulties transporting SEN students to colleges in Chesterfield, Clowne etc.Could be good news for you but totally impractical for ds.
Who said that Star? Ed psych or SENCo. Ds's proposed amended statement (although they named school and signed it so would call that final) made one of the objectives that the mainstream school placement was to fulfill was to find, secure and support ds in a college placement
That actually doesn't surprise me too much unfortunately our AO person is the pits. If you don't have a visual timetable then that is the cause of all difficulties (dd doesn't and doesn't need one) if you then implement one and the child chooses to ignore it (because she doesn't need it) you are advised to get tough and refuse to let the child join the rest of the class until she does After that she has no suggestions.
This is who at they're doing with us. My son is due to start secondary school in Sept 2012. We've been advised that, as he cannot be accommodated in our local, excellent secondary, which is literally 200 yards from out front door, we ought to make our preference for him to go to another, excellent mainstream school with ASD unit, which is a three quarters of an hour's drive from us. We have been told there will be no transport there. Transport services will be discontinued before that time.
So, we have no choice but to move. He cannot, under any circumstances, safely go on the bus. I will be unable to spend 3 hours daily driving him to/from school.
So, it's "f**k you" disabled kids from Cheshire East Council.
Very nice. What was it Mr Cameron said? We will not be targeting the poorest, most vulnerable and genuinely in need, in our society? Righto.