The National Deaf Children’s Society has said that the Government’s Special Educational Needs proposals, which were announced yesterday, “offer little for the vast majority of families of deaf children,” and that while their SEN proposals (which give parents control of budgets) may give parents more choice and control, “in reality there will be little support left for parents to choose from.”
Jo Campion, Deputy Director of Policy and Campaigns at the National Deaf Children’s Society, said: “Today’s announcement comes at a time when families are seeing support for their children vanish, along with aspirations for their futures, as the staff and budgets that enable deaf and other disabled children to achieve are cut. The Government’s latest proposals show no real plans to protect these services, which are right now being swept away in a tidal wave of local authority cuts.
“While we welcome more choice and control for parents in principle, in reality there will be little support left for parents to choose from. The proposals also offer little for the vast majority of families of deaf children who don’t currently have a statement of special educational needs and therefore won’t have an education, health and care plan – around three quarters of all deaf children in school.
“As these plans are rolled out, it’s vital that the Government listens to parents of disabled children about how personal budgets and their other proposals work in reality, and we will continue to work with the Government to make sure they find the best way forward for families and deaf children.”
Find out more about the work of the NDCS at http://ndcs.org.uk
The Limping Chicken is the world's most popular Deaf blog, and is edited by Deaf journalist and filmmaker Charlie Swinbourne. Find out how to write for us by clicking here, how to follow us by clicking here, and read our disclaimer here.
The site exists thanks to our supporters. Check them out below:
- Signature: Leading awarding body for BSL qualifications
- Ai-Media: Remote captioning. Find out about 5 funny ways to use captions!
- Bellman & Symfon: home alerting solutions
- Deaf Umbrella: sign language interpreting and communications support
- Eyewitness Media: TV and film from a Deaf perspective
- Appa: Communication services for Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing people
- SignLive: Online video interpreting for Deaf people
- SignVideo: Instant BSL video interpreting online
- 121 Captions: captioning and speech-to-text services
- The National Theatre: Captioned and BSL accessible theatre in London
- Doncaster School for the Deaf: education for Deaf children
- Signworld: Learn BSL online!
- Action Deafness Communications: sign language and Red Dot online video interpreting
- BSLcourses.co.uk: Provider of online BSL courses
- Association of Notetaking Professionals: The professional body representing Electronic and Manual Notetakers
- Sign Solutions: communication support, training and translation
- InterpretersLive: On demand BSL video interpretation
- Hamilton Lodge School in Brighton: education for Deaf children
- Lipspeaker UK: specialist lipspeaking support
- Ozen: Australian hearing aid specialists
- Elmfield School, Bristol: Inclusive education for Deaf pupils
- deafPLUS: BSL advice helpline
- Exeter Deaf Academy: education for Deaf children
- Royal Shakespeare Company: Captioned and BSL interpreted performances (see dates here)
- Royal School for the Deaf, Derby: Residential education for deaf children
- RAD Tax Advice: Tax and Tax Credit info for Deaf people
- Performance Interpreting: BSL interpreting at concerts
- National Deaf Children's Society: The leading charity for deaf children
- Signed Culture: Advocating for BSL access to arts and culture
- SignHealth: healthcare charity for Deaf people
- CJ Interpreting: communication support in BSL
- British Society for Mental Health and Deafness: Promoting positive mental health for deaf people