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“SEN children should be institutionalised and not given as much funding as they are unable to be helped”.

This was a statement made by certain councillors at a meeting on the 25th of January this year. The councillors involved in making this statement work for Warwickshire Council and more details can be found in the petition linked below.

I will attempting to phone all three councillors personally this coming week. In the meantime I ask that you please consider signing and sharing this petition. It’s asking for fairer and a more equal funding allowance for supporting SEN students. I don’t think that is unreasonable at all, especially as someone that wasn’t helped by the education system. Having a more personalised education based on my needs, that would have made a massive difference. Plus I don’t think I would have grown up feeling that I failed in every thing I did, with the right support. That’s the key, because the wrong support, even if with the best of intentions, can have a detrimental effect.

The term “SEN” covers a wide range of needs. These include behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, speech, language and communication, hearing impairment, visual impairment, multi-sensory impairment, physical disability and autism.

In this particular case, the people who are in charge of fund allocation think anyone that falls under the category of SEN should be locked up. That essentially we should be treated as criminals by default.

If anyone wants to add anything please do comment below. I will choose a few comments to read back to them when I call. I don’t know if I’ll actually get to speak to any of the councillors involved ,but I’ll definitely try to.

Councils to prioritise allocating funds to SEN services.

Petition started by Melvyna Hawes

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Ross Fraser and Jeni Dern

Written by – Ross Fraser

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Updated: Feb 9

Personal updates:


Jeni

I am still involved with mylifeautistic, however for the foreseeable future I will need to focus on my daughter and I. I’m currently going through a divorce and may be a witness in the trial against my husband. I don’t want to add more pressure on myself at this time. When things settle a bit ill properly be back, it’s just the future is very uncertain at the moment.


Ross

I have reduced my workload quite considerably. The main problem I have is passing out due to nerve pain. It’s much like the feeling you get when you are sedated for surgery. At the moment I am getting the available pain management from my doctor’s , but it’s not enough. I can cope with the pain in the summer but the winter is an arduous undertaking.


I have been referred back to the pain clinic and I have a telephone appointment on the 28th with my GP. I have been made aware of a potential solution to the nerve pain. I have asked my doctor about the possibility of spinal decomposition surgery. This wouldn’t be an end to my pain, but may reduce it and/or give me back some of the mobility I’ve lost. For me it’s a bit of a waiting game at the moment, until I get further information from my doctor at the end of the month.


As for mylifeautistic we have two projects that I’d like to see through. We want to help create medical support cards for doctors offices, dentists and hospital. We need to hire an artist and create a focus group on Discord. I plan on doing that this summer. The other project is to find more suitable alert sounds for emergency service vehicles. We already have someone looking at the sounds of emergency service vehicles in other countries. This is to see if there are more suitable options already being used elsewhere in the world that we could consider.


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All our best and love

Ross Fraser and Jeni Dern


Written by – Ross Fraser

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Ross Fraser and Jeni Dern


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