Stop SEN Transport Cuts
The council are once again trying to cut our SEN Transport. Our children all have autism and instead of picking up from home, they want our children to walk up to a mile from home in all kinds of weather, to a pick up point. These children all have lack of road awareness, a high level of sensory needs (which causes them enormous distress, if they get wet, cold, or hear loud noises such as traffic, dogs, drills, lawnmowers etc), physical difficulties that make it difficult for them to walk, many would be unwilling or unable to walk to a pick up point. Some of these children have epilepsy or hypotonia making it near impossible to walk. Some parents have two ASD children at different schools, meaning two pick up points, for these already stressed out parents. These parents also have younger siblings to get to school, making their lives that much more difficult. If you are more than a few minutes late the bus will not wait for you. Likewise if the bus is late because of traffic, you could be standing at a bus stop for some time in all weathers with a child that cannot cope with waiting. Some of these children also receive higher rate disability, meaning they cannot walk any distance without support. Please support our petition these cuts cannot happen, it is a basic human right that these children need and require transport to school in a safe environment.