Holiday let-down for disabled children

    The lack of summer holiday activities for disabled children is
    being exacerbated by the “pot-luck” provision of local
    authority-funded holiday schemes, says a Barnardo’s report
    published this week.

    Author Neera Shahna said that long-term government funding was
    needed so that local authorities could provide, and be held
    accountable for, their leisure and play facilities.

    With a holiday scheme costing more than three times as much for a
    child needing one-to-one support, parents of disabled children have
    to meet the shortfall or cope with as little as two-days’ funded
    provision.

    Disabled children are often excluded from mainstream provision –
    such as local leisure facilities – because of inaccessibility and
    health and safety fears.

    Shahna said: “When term-time support services [for the disabled
    child] end, the summer is a time of great pressure for the whole
    family.” 

    Postcards from Home: the Experience of Disabled Children in
    the School Holidays
    is available from:
    www.barnardos.org.uk/newsandevents/media/postcards.jsp

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