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To: Mims Davies, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People, Health and Work

Increase SEN sessions, including during school holidays

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I have a 5 year old son with an autism diagnosis and a severe communication delay. Like many neurodiverse children, he is not able to attend many play sessions due to noise sensitivity and crowded areas. We will generally only attend soft play when it is off peak or a SEN session. Not many leisure facilities offer SEN sessions and when they do, they stop during school holidays - this confuses me, as my child doesn't suddenly stop being disabled because it's a school holiday.
There needs to be more SEN sessions available, including during school holidays.

Why is this important?

According to the Family Resources Survey (2021 to 2022), 16 million people in the UK have a disability.
11%, or 1.76 million of these are children. SEN children deserve the same opportunities as all other children but face many barriers to achieving these. Why does my child not have the same Opportunities to play as his sister does?



2024-04-03 21:59:04 +0100

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2024-04-02 21:24:08 +0100

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