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