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To: Damian Hinds, Education Minister and Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer

Don’t shut Disabled people out of mainstream education

Increase funding for inclusive education so all children and young people can be educated together as equals in their local communities.

Why is this important?

“Mainstream is the way, just we need more support in terms of government finance to make sure those people with disabilities are supported... If you have people with disabilities in mainstream schools able bodied people will see that from when they’re young and not find it weird to see a disabled person in their work office and not know how to approach it.“ - Joanne Wacha

Our experience of education shapes our entire lives. Inclusion in mainstream society right from the start is essential if Disabled people are going to take our place in society as equal citizens. Non-disabled people need to grow up with Disabled people as friends, classmates and family members if they are to understand that we are part of society and including us is not optional.

It’s so important, the UN says all Disabled people have a human right to participate in mainstream education, with children learning in the same school and classroom. But right now government funding cuts mean for many Disabled pupils, including those with special educational needs, attending their local schools has been made impossible.

Funding for the support Disabled children need to participate equally, such as one to one support, therapists and specialist equipment, has been hard hit by cuts. More and more Disabled pupils have found themselves shut out from mainstream schools, even pushed out of the education system altogether.

If you want to live in a society which values difference, where Disabled people are included as equal citizens, please join our call to make sure inclusive education gets the funding it desperately needs.

You can find out more about the campaign here:
https://www.allfie.org.uk/campaigns/educate-dont-segregate/

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Reasons for signing

  • People living with what are called disabilities are not disabled ( as in stopped from working) they are differently abled. We should adopt this nomenclature rather than disabled.
  • I have a niece with a learning disability and throughout her education, her parents have had to fight to get her the support that she needs, which has included spending considerable sums of money to pay for specialist reports to provide evidence of her needs. Parents should not have to be in a constant battle to get an education for their child.
  • Make it easier to get a 'statement of educational needs'. Include these needs in teacher training.. examine them, know them, don't just read paragraphs about them. Remember a child's life is attached to these needs.

Updates

2019-06-21 16:44:26 +0100

20,000 signatures reached

2019-06-21 13:02:52 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2019-06-21 12:11:50 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2019-06-18 15:14:25 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2019-06-18 13:12:00 +0100

500 signatures reached

2019-06-18 12:34:28 +0100

100 signatures reached

2019-06-18 12:31:38 +0100

50 signatures reached

2019-06-18 12:30:23 +0100

25 signatures reached

2019-06-18 12:29:00 +0100

10 signatures reached