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There are a range of services provided for children with disabilities including:
Adaptations to the family home;
Speech and language therapy;
Home education programmes;
Sometimes, the absence of essential services can hinder a child’s independence
Sophia spends some of her time in a mainstream school and some in a special school.
She needs a ‘Tech/Talk’ to help her communicate but, at present, she only
uses it in her special school setting.
Watch this clip from Sophia’s review, where the availability
of Tech/Talk is discussed.
Now listen to Simon, Harvey's dad, talk about the lack of support
for Harvey's speech and language needs.
Find out what arrangements are made in your school for the provision and allocation
Physical resources (equipment);
Human resources (staff and volunteer time).
Local authorities must provide 'all or any' of the welfare services listed in the
Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act (CSDPA) 1970, where they assess that the
relevant need exists. However, they may set eligibility criteria, which can vary greatly
between regions, resulting in children with the same needs receiving different levels
of support depending on where their family lives.
The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act (CSDPA) 1970 (Section 2) lists the
following welfare services:
Practical assistance in the home;
of services to families
Listen to this clip in which Caroline, the mother of a child
with complex needs, talks about how important respite care and the care provided by
a children’s hospice is for her family’s quality of life.
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