The Every Disabiled Child Matters campaign is urging parents to email their MP to ensure that the Children and Families Bill makes services better for all disabled children.
The Bill proposes to replace statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN) with an Education, Health and Care Plan for children and young people from 0-25. It also promises better coordinated services and cooperation between agencies for all children with SEN.
BUT according to the Department for Education, 25% of disabled children DO NOT also have SEN.
Without action disabled children without SEN will be excluded from these reforms and will not benefit from improvements made to the system of SEN and disability provision.
Email your MP, and ask them to write to the Education Select Committee and Edward Timpson, the new Minister for Children and Families who is in charge of the Bill, to urge them to ensure the Children and Families Bill makes services better for ALL disabled children.
Or use the EDCM form.
Contact a Family's report "Counting the Cost 2012" showed that families with disabled children were going without essentials and getting into debt to pay for food, heating and clothes.
They are encouraging everyone to write to their MP or local councillors about the poverty experienced by families of disabled children in the UK by using the writetothem.com website.
Channel 4 News have launched a campaign "No Go Britain" to highlight the experiences of the disabled on public transport.
What's your personal experience of getting around Britain using public transport? Leave your comments on their Facebook page.
Last year, thousands of disabled people were helped by legal aid advisers to overturn inaccurate benefits decisions that left them struggling without the means to live.
The Government are trying to take the right to legal help away as part of the cuts to public services.
Join SCOPE and Justice for All in asking the House of Lords to vote to keep legal aid available for the disabled and those on low income for welfare benefits cases.
How to take Part
Take Action!! Sign this EDCM petition calling for the unfair plans to cut support by up to £27 per week for 100,000 disabled children to be reversed.
They need 100,000 signatures to ensure a Parliamentary debate on this issue.
Mencap have launched a three year campaign against hate crime - Stand By Me.
Stand By Me will challenge the police, the criminal justice system and the courts to end hate crime against people with a learning disability.
You can download a Campaigns pack and find out other ways to support Learning Disability Week. Take action by completing the on-line campaign form to ask your local police service to show support for people with a learning disability who are victims of hate crime.
The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)is asking parents to contact their MP about the cuts to vital services for deaf children.
They also want parents to share information with them any information about cuts to local services. This can be recorded on their Interactive map.
We want our Missing Millions
"We want our missing millions" is a campaign run by For Scotland's Disabled Children.
It is trying to pursude every local council in Scotland to spend the final third of the missing £34million to transforming services and support for disabled children and young people.
E ACTION Following BBC Panorama Investgation
E ACTION petition following the Panorama report on the abuse of patients at Winterbourne View
The Learning Disability Forum has set up an e-petition to send to your MP to ask them to ensure that the human rights of people with a learning disability are at the heart of the forthcoming social care white paper.
It's easy to fill in and there's an opportunity to add your own comments.
The member organisations are:
Association for Real Change (ARC), BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities), The Down's Syndrome Association, Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, Mencap, National Autistic Society, People First, Real Life Options; Sense, The National Forum for People with Learning Difficulties, National Family Carer Network, Turning Point, United Response, and Voyage.
Check out their pictures on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/54117118@N06/
PETITION - Undercover Care
The National Autistic Society have launched a petition following the Panorama programme, "Undercover Care" on the abuse of disabled people in the care home, Winterbourne View .
They are asking the Government to take further action to prevent future instances of abuse.
To sign the petition go to http://ht.ly/57zF4
SAVE OUR NHS
How do you feel about the proposed changes to the NHS?
Would you like to ask the Government not to rush through massive changes and let them know how much we care about our health services? If so, 38 Degrees have organised a petition.
To sign the petition click here.
The children's charity Whizz Kidz have launched a campaign to pursuade the Government and NHS to Fast Forward improvements to wheelchair services.
At present there are 70,000 disabled children in the UK waiting for wheelchairs. Whizz Kidz wants to ensure that every disabled child and young person can get the wheelchair that they need, when they need it.
To support the campaign you can sign the e-petition and encourage your friends to sign it too.
The Government announced that they will be giving local authorities £800 million over four years to fund short breaks for disabled children.
But this money is not 'ring fenced' - which means that local authorities don't have to spend the full amount on short breaks.
Email your Local Authority - Ask them how much money they are allocating for disabled children's services in 2011/12.
Join the SCOPE Campaign to prevent the government axing the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance for disabled people living in residential homes.
Take action by completing the on-line form to send an e-mail to your MP.
Mencap has launched a campaign to ask the Government to reverse its decision to remove the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance from people living in residential care homes.
Click here to send an email to your MP
Sign the SCOPE petition to make the 2012 Olympic Games in London the most successful, inclusive and participative Olympics to date, and to develop the long-term future of disabled sport in Britain beyond 2012.
Lets Campaign on the Move
SCOPE are spearheading a campaign to ensure that the transport network is accessible to all.
To find out more about the campaign and how you can take action Click here
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