Dear all, as this change has been announced to the public - I can share with you planned proposals impacting my son's school.My son is 6 years old and is profoundly deaf with congenital CMV and attends Emmbrook infant school as it has a hearing impaired unit.
Rhys has fought many battles in his short life and has had invasive surgery (Cochlear Implantation) to receive the gift of hearing and now he can hear he has learnt to speak - something I only dreamed of, hearing him say Mummy was the proudest moment of my life. Rhys has taught us so much and loves going to his school and has made true friends and is an established part of his community and is progressing which as parents is all we can ask for.
We received an invite to attend a meeting yesterday with the local authority where we were told alongside other parents of children who also use the resource that they were due to start consultation to plan closure of the resource but keep the facility for the current students however due to other circumstances come September there will be no provision for my son and his deaf peers leaving us with no local options for schooling from the end of this term and therefore we have a short time to campaign against this.
I strongly disagree with the Local authority's plans to close the resource as their solution is to move all children in to local mainstream schools and 'buy in' support from our local Sensory Consortium - they do not have capacity for this and it will take a very long time for them to do so resulting in many children (like my son ) falling through the cracks. He deserves a right to mainstream education and the local authority have a legal obligation to meet his statement needs.
It is vital that our local community fight for this resource and not subject ourselves to further cuts that result in life changing impacts for our children. I sincerely ask for your valued support to keep my son at Emmbrook Infant School and his peers who so desperately need this resource to maintain their role in the community and continue their happy days in the local school.
Thank you in advance for your support