I might have mentioned transport before but it is a subject that does crop up now and again regarding autism and other disabilities too. There have been a lot of cuts made by local authorities regarding home to school transport which can makes things difficult with an application.
I can see where the LA's are coming from as it is expensive to provide taxis for our kids going to and from school but it is a great means of support. Help regarding travel can come in other ways too, there is travel training available which helps support a young person gaining independence to travel, discounted travel cards and fuel allowances which probably works out a cheaper option for most councils.
It should be about every individual and how their needs can be met but that's not also the case. There seems to be a drop off in support as our children get older. I know there is sometimes less transport support for post sixteen's going to college and even more so post eighteen's too. Yes the chances of some people gaining their confidence and independence to travel alone is something that can eventually happen as our kids get older but not always.
If you need any information regarding home to school travel you can get in touch with SENTAS - Special Educational Needs Transport Advocacy Service. They are a non profit organisation set up to provide parents and young people with information, advice and advocacy around issues regarding home to school and college transport. They have a website here:
sentas.co.uk which has so much useful information on it and and option to contact them too if you should need to.
It can be a very frustrating time trying to figure out not only everything that goes with school and our young people moving to college. Their education is a lot to deal with when it comes to SEN even before thinking how our young ones are going to get there and back from their schools or colleges but there is help out there if you need it so do get in touch with SENTAS if you are struggling.
I hope that helps and if I have mentioned this before I do apologise for repeating it but it is quite important that needs are met and I do know some people have a lot of problems in this area so it is good to just review it again.
Thank you so much for reading today. I will be back tomorrow with Pass the remote Sunday but for now.....
Every Saturday I will be talking about Autism and will review any useful information which may have been highlighted at any support groups in the week.