Calls for Derbyshire County Council to halt plans to cut transport services for deaf children and young people
22 February 2016
The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) is urging Derbyshire County Council to halt plans to cut vital transport services for deaf children.
Derbyshire County Council has launched a consultation on
plans to stop
providing school transport for pre-school children and post 16 young people with
special educational. Ending this support will make it challenging for deaf
children to access good education in the county.
Until 2014 transport was provided by the council for children from early years to post 16 education to schools and colleges free of charge. Since then families of post 16 learners have had to make a contribution. However, now Derbyshire County Council propose to stop providing this service completely.
Speaking on behalf of the National Deaf Children’s Society, Jamie McMahon, Regional Director for the East Midlands said:
extremely concerning. Education in the early years and Post 16 is
crucial for deaf children. Deaf children and young people often have to travel
further to get to the school that fits their needs. Derbyshire County Council agreed
just over a year ago that withdrawing transport will negatively impact on deaf
children and young people so we’d really like to know what has changed.”
“This is such a small saving for Derbyshire County Council but it will hit those families affected incredibly hard. Deafness is not a learning disability and with the right support deaf children can achieve the same as their hearing peers. However at the moment 63% of deaf children do not achieve 5 good GCSEs A-C including English and Maths.”
The National Deaf Children’s Society is urging parents to take action and take part in the consultation which is open until 17 March 2016 www.derbyshire.gov.uk/schooltransport2016
For further information please contact Charlotte Coombes: 0207 014 1149, firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
· The National Deaf Children’s Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and their families.
· There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK. The National Deaf Children’s Society helps deaf children and young people thrive by providing impartial, practical and emotional support to them and their families, and by challenging governments and society to meet their needs.
· The National Deaf Children’s Society believes that every deaf child should be valued and included by society and have the same opportunities as any other child.
· For more information visit www.ndcs.org.uk. For further support, parents can contact the National Deaf Children’s Society Freephone Helpline on 0808 800 8880 (voice and text), email email@example.com, or chat online at www.ndcs.org.uk/livechat