more support and access to services for people with learning disabilities

more support and access to services for people with learning disabilities

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I am a mother to a young lady who is autistic. it has taken me 9 years to get a formal diagnosis for her and 10 years to gain an EHCP for her. even though this is a long time I am one of the lucky families that have managed to gain these important things to help my daughter be as independent as possible. some other families are not so lucky and have to wait and fight for much longer. forms aren't being given to families correctly, appointments are a two year waiting list to even have a first consultation!! in the mean time the families are supposed to just 'get on with it'. this is absolutely unacceptable and a change needs to happen. we are a nation that is supposed to be in support of mental health and talking about things but this subject coincides with mental health and no one is shouting loud enough to get more help for our young people with special needs. so many families are having to struggle due to lack of funding, lack of informed and specialised staff, lack of understanding as a nation. surely in this day in age it shouldn't be taking this long to be able to help a young person get the support they need to access daily life!! it is our duty of care as a nation to make sure this changes. waiting lists need to be reduced, more staff and schools need to trained appropriately and support for carers and families. a special need means there is a special need to gain access to everyday life, whether this mean physical, mentally, or social and communication. it means there is a need for support, it means there is a need for specialist and professional help, it means there may need to be special equipment - such as sensory rooms, weighted blankets, fidget toys, chew buddies. the list goes on. I feel this country is letting our young people and their families down massively in this sector. please, please sign this petition so we can shout loud enough together to help our children with their uniqueness get the support and expertise they need!!!

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