Why is sharing our stories so important?
Well from my point of view I’ve found this whole process over the last few months therapeutic but timing is crucial and personal to everyone. I for example would not have been able to share our story or set up Action 4SEND this time last year as I was not in a good place and still very much trying desperately to persuade the LA who had never met my son that he would not survive in mainstream education.
However, since that time the stars have aligned and the timing is right but believe me there have been times where I’ve thought why am I doing this? My son is settled for now, this should be my time to sit at home and relax watching Phil and Holly but something keeps pulling me back and I can’t help myself so here we are.
Another positive to come out of this for me is a reduced feeling of isolation. Its lonely when you can’t access all the activities that are available in the community as they are generalised and not appropriate for my child so he just refuses to attend out of fear which then in turn isolates me as my friends carry on with normality of life.
Standing up for ourselves, being united as one.
I am a reasonable and fair person; I always look for the good in people but I can honestly say this is justified. What else can we do but show the reality of what is happening to us and our children and get it out there in the public domain.
It is not enough for one person to say in isolation, “this is my story look what has happened to our family”, No one is going to care, the media won’t care, Parliament won’t care, for one voice is not important to the powers that be and despite the paper work and the tick boxes stating that a child’s voice is important in the cold bleak of day it certainly is not.
Action 4 SEND is asking you all to find the strength from somewhere to share your story so we can take them to Parliament and Downing Street. Let’s use social media for something positive.
Action 4 SEND are very proud to announce that the following people have agreed to support and contribute to our book of SEND stories. They are:
We look forward to sharing more information about each of our supporters in the near future and how they will be contributing.
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