I have talked before about my son’s deafness and the impact it has on our family. There are many cuts happening across the country to services for Deaf children. Some areas of the country already have a very poor support service and it’s frankly a disgrace.
Devon has a BSL Charter which they pride themselves on. I say, as a parent (and that is as someone living day to day with first hand experience for nearly three and a half years so far) it does not go far enough to support families and needs improving. I have little doubt that this won’t happen. But I would like to see it change.
We all know that councils countrywide are having to claw back money with their budget cuts but this should not be done at the expense of supporting vulnerable children and families.
This Thursday there is a very important debate in parliament that the NDCS (National Deaf Children’s Society) has worked very hard to make happen (along with the 52000 people countrywide that signed the petition for the #stolenfutures campaign and thank you to all of you that did).
It’s not too late to ask your MP to attend. You could also tweet him / her too! Let twitter go mad with #stolenfutures trending. Now that is something I would love to see! You can also follow the @NDCS _UK for further information and updates.
There is so much more I could say on this subject and will in future posts because there are many barriers that get thrown up for parents in the world of special needs. Beaurocracy. Ignorance from people in the position of power to decide the fate of your child’s educational future. The lack of Deaf Awareness is shocking. The list goes on. It’s a long one. It seems to be getting longer actually as the years go by.
My son can’t speak but I can and I will never stop fighting for his rights . Ever.
Please feel free to share this post far and wide; and go get your MP!