‘We are par­ents who are al­ready pushed to our lim­its’

The Oban Times - - News -

KIRSTEEN BIN­NIE told the Oban Times: ‘My son Matthew is 13 years old.

‘He has learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and a se­vere speech dis­or­der – he can­not speak – he signs, points and ges­tures.

‘He has just gone into first year at high school and has set­tled well, but one thing that has made a key dif­fer­ence is the staff who were trained in sign lan­guage be­fore he came to high school.

‘For chil­dren like Matthew, hav­ing adults sup­port­ing you who know you and understand your com­mu­ni­ca­tion is vi­tally im­por­tant, and if this 45 per cent cut goes ahead, as a par­ent I am so con­cerned this will re­sult in the loss of trained and ex­pe­ri­enced staff who do so much to sup­port chil­dren who have com­mu­ni­ca­tion dif­fi­cul­ties.

‘I can’t tell you how much ad­di­tional stress the past couple of months have put on our lives as we have worked hard to cam­paign against th­ese cuts.

‘Not only do we have our son to sup­port but many of the par­ents in the group have jobs to hold down, other chil­dren to take care of or el­derly rel­a­tives to sup­port as well.

‘We are par­ents who are al­ready pushed to our lim­its be­cause of the needs that our chil­dren have. We need our com­mu­nity to stand up and sup­port our chil­dren.’

AP­PEAL: Matthew and his mum who are op­posed to the coun­cil

cuts and want other peo­ple to help them in their fight.

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