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Re: Allow my severely disabled son to stay in his school

(3 Posts)
Warriormum1 Sun 16-Sep-12 23:41:56

Hi everyone,

Please could you sign my petition at:


My son Aaron Cleary is a severely disabled eight year old boy with a limited life expectancy. He cannot walk, talk, or even eat, and he has complex medical, physical and educational needs. Aaron currently goes to the Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments, also known as The Craighalbert Centre. This is a specialist school which caters specifically for children like Aaron, and my son is happy and settled there. In order to get my son into this school I had to endure a year and a half long battle with Glasgow City Council, and a two week long court case which resulted in a court order being put in place, requiring Glasgow City Council to send my son to the Craighalbert Centre. At the time of the court case, the school was only able to offer Aaron a two year placement because at that point they only schooled children up to the age of seven. For this reason the court order was made for a two year placement at the school. Since then the Craighalbert Centre has changed its policy and is now able to offer my son a place in the school for the rest of his Primary Education. Aaron loves his school. His needs are being met very well there, he is familiar with the staff, and all his friends are there.
Unfortunately, Aaron's Educational Psychologist , Claire McGhee, who works for Glasgow City Council, is doing everything in her power to get Aaron out of the Craighalbert Centre, despite the fact that he is happy and settled there, and the fact that she, herself has admitted that his needs are being met there. Because of her actions, I have been forced to put in a Placing Request to Glasgow City Council, to request that Aaron be allowed to stay in his school. This is currently in the hands of John Butcher, Head of Inclusion at Glasgow City Council. If my Placing Request is refused, I will have to take legal action and go to a tribunal to try to keep my son in his school. This will result in a tremendous amount of unnecessary upheaval for my family, myself, and most importantly my son. If Aaron is removed from the Craighalbert Centre, he will be taken out of a school which is catering specifically for his needs, where all of his friends are and where he is very happy, settled and is making good progress. Please could you sign this petition and share it with your friends on Facebook,and on any forums or groups you are a member of to help Aaron to get the education and support he needs and deserves.

Thank you so much for your help.

dev9aug Sun 16-Sep-12 23:50:09

Hi Warriormum, could you post this in special needs: Children. That board gets more traffic than here, so a wide number of people would be able to see this.smile

Warriormum1 Mon 17-Sep-12 00:04:59

Thanks for the tip, I'm a newbie smile

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