School Transport Cuts
I have heard people say ‘but why can’t the parents just take them?’
To parents of children affected by these cuts this is a slap in the face. A total disregard and complete lack of understanding of the issues faced in getting their child to school. The vast majority of young people without disabilities travel independently to school by walking or by bus. We would love and give anything for our disabled children to do the same. However, this will never happen for them.
Our children are vulnerable and will never travel anywhere on their own. Not to the corner shop down the road or even a neighbour next door. Our most disabled children are in wheelchairs that have to be pushed by an attendant as they lack the mental capacity or the physical ability to operate a powered wheelchair. Others have very high anxiety and cannot travel in a vehicle with other students. Some have very challenging behaviour and passengers on public transport would not be safe. Some have serious medical issues and need close supervision by an attendant. Even those that have the understanding to have independent travel training could have a melt down if the unexpected happens with huge safety risks to them and those around them.
Our children deserve to travel to school independently from their parents just as non disabled children do. It’s disability discrimination not to give them the special transport they need to do so.
Caring for a disabled child is bloody hard work and life is very complicated. Parents are already pushed to the very edge with trying to cope. So don’t dismiss all that by just thinking that they can easily take their child to school.