STOP all cuts to the vital PIMS team who give our severely disabled children there voices.
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Somerset County Council intends to reduce the number of staff in the Physical Impairment Medical Support Team. (PIMS) This will leave severely disabled children unable to attend mainstream school and will rob them of vital equipment that allows them to communicate, We are working to help save the PIMS team, responsible for helping disabled children and young people with educational needs access the curriculum and be able to communicate using Alternative Augmented Communication (AAC) in Somerset. The local authority is looking to cut this service by reducing staffing levels of some of the most high key skilled and trained essential members of this small team. Without this service most vulnerable children would be left struggling for support or loose their place in a mainstream school. This team help our children use equipment to communicate via specialist equipment communication aid, such as eyegaze. The people who make the PIMS team are specialists in their field and can't be replaced at short notice. Other Staff and School Staff cannot be “upskilled” Its taken years of work for them to understand and build the skills needed to work with our children. Without this team our children and future children will live a life in silence with no way of communicating where needs or problems. This would be a step back and undo decades of hard work to help disabled people to live a equal and forfillig life. We need to get Somerset county council to do what ever is possible to protect this essential service. We understand money needs to be saved but to take from the most vulnerable feels and seems the most callous.
We the undersigned call upon Somerset County council to stop these cuts!
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