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LibLink: Sarah Teather – Special needs children deserve more

Writing over in The Guardian, Liberal Democrat minister Sarah Teather says:

John Harris writes of the fight he had to simply get the basic support for his autistic child (Special needs kids deserve better than a rush to reform, 21 May). His experience is a story I have heard over and over again. It is precisely this problem that the coalition government is trying to fix…

I also know the system doesn’t work well enough for children with less severe needs either, such as those with unrecognised language difficulties whose frustration in trying to communicate shows up as angry, even criminal, behaviour.

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LibLink | Sarah Teather: Q&A on special needs provision

Children’s Minister Sarah Teather recently took part in an interview followed by a readers’ Question and Answer session for the Guardian about special needs provision:

Sarah Teather, the children’s minister, comes across as genuinely passionate about helping children with special needs. So much so that at one point in the interview, she got quite cross. The health service is failing some of our most vulnerable children, she said. The chance of a child receiving speech and language therapy is “between low and nil”, while the wait for a wheelchair can be “really long”, she said.

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  • User AvatarNorman Fraser 21st Aug - 10:46pm
    Caron, the Liberal Democrats in government have done a good number of things that make my "liberal collies wobble". In fact, they've done a considerable...
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    Lin, I respect you and John both. We're all liberals and we have to come to our own conclusions on this very important vote. Because...
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    John, you just need to read anything I've written on welfare reform or immigration to know that I agree with you on that. But what...
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    Allan - you have got it completely wrong. If I had wanted to be elected anywhere I would have remained at Westminster where I had...
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    I too have a great deal of respect for John Barrett, and I know that he has thought long and hard before he has come...
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    For instance, the LDFI might have responded with something like this ... http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2014/08/dr-rachel-joyce-hamas-are-working-against-the-interests-of-the-palestinian-people.html Is it true?