Hi Riven,that is pretty disgusting. When my ASD son was starting swimming lessons it was suggested to us that he have special one to one lessons but as his brother was going to be starting at the same time too he'd been looking forward to going with him. I told the leisure center he'd like to try the usual swimming group first and thankfully he's got on really well (done better than his bro so far...a first for him !). Also he does taekwando (helps his dyspraxia) and the teachers been great with him and treat him like everyone else. Lots of 'profs' have suggested 'special' after school activity groups he could join but there's been no need. I think kids should be given the chance to find out what suits them best be it SN groups or not. It makes me really angry when i hear of incidents like that. I'd try and take it further with whoever, especially as she refered to your daughter as 'children like that'. Take care, Jo x
That's a shame, ours is s0o much the oppsoite- positively AFTER ds3 to sign up and ahs some of his schoolmates already.
Assuming theya re like Guiding the area should have a disability co-ordinator (if not, try Rainbows? I'd have ahd her like a shot).
Another reason to move here you know
The only thing I can imagine being an aiossue is if the hall has access issues- ours was in a bell tower so stairs but that is very unusual (and would have been a handy excuse to Go Elsehere as I would have loved....)
this is what scares me so much when ds gets older, is he going to come up against predudice like this? its disgusting, and she should be made to do a training course with some sn children i wonder will her attitude change then?
I am sorry you have come across this Riven. I hate the term 'children like that' too! It is my understanding that the scouts like all organisations are not allowed to exclude a child because of their disability (unless there are health/safty issues that cannot reasonably be overcome). Sometimes it is imagination that is the barrier or simply not knowing how to include a child! One of the points about this short break initiative (well that is what has been asked for in our area)is to help get past barriers - for instance helping organisations include children (training, staged support whilst the child and volunteers settles in, ideas) Our ms beavers/cubs have been very good at including my son (ok with a lot of help from us). They have recruited extra young leaders to help include all children (ds is not the only sn child in our village pack). Sometimes the language has not been politically correct but their hearts have been in the right place!