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(UK) Surrey parents protest; number of disabled students "rising over a number of years"

May 30, 2019, Surrey Live: SEND families protest in Guildford as part of nationwide campaign to stop budget cuts—Surrey County Council says the number of SEND children and cost pressures are rising https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/send-families-protest-guildford-part-16355695 Families from across Surrey joined hundreds across the country to stage a protest against special needs budget cuts. Dozens of parents and children gathered and marched along Guildford High Street on Thursday (May 30) to raise awareness of the national crisis for disabled children and young people. Surrey County Council announced last year it would be making around £21 million worth of cuts to the SEND (special education needs and disability) budget and is currently reviewing how the service is delivered as part of its major transformation. But families fighting for their children to have assessments, therapy, more support at schools and educational provision say enough is enough with the cuts…. He has been diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and ASD (autism spectrum disorder) but the school is unable to support his needs…. “More support staff in schools is what is needed. More training for teachers. It’s absolutely vital,” she said…. “There are so many failures in the SEN system and it affects these children.” Melanie French, from Banstead, was at the protest with her daughters Francesca, who is 16 and autistic, and Natasha, 14. She has had to seek legal action over the years to secure a school place and education for her daughter, and said she is worried about other families who may not be able to speak up or fight their battles. … The protests were being held around the country, and a petition signed by 12,000 people was presented to the Prime Minister….. It said: "The number of young people with a Special Educational Need or Disability and cost pressures have been rising over a number of years, both in Surrey, and elsewhere in the country." …