- Birmingham City Council/ Ed Balls - Sec of State Children, Schools & Families
- United Kingdom
KIDS West Midlands provides support & opportunities for disabled children and their families. The organisation champions the right of all disabled children to live in an inclusive community and aims to empower them to change their society.
In addition to its specialist support provision it has also run a fully inclusive service for under 5's for the past 10 years. This service is unique and groundbreaking in that it is the non-disabled children who are included into a special needs environment. Such an arrangement is not only empowering for the disabled child but also educational for the non-disabled child.
This is inclusion work at the very grass roots of our society. Birmingham City Council has cut funding for the under 5's service and forced a policy change within KIDS to only offer specialist provision.
We the undersigned appeal for the reinstatement of funding for KIDS under 5's inclusive creche. KIDS is truly a centre of excellence and provides an outstanding model of genuine inclusion.
We do not believe that inclusion should only be valid in a mainstream environment and we feel that the proposed depletion of inclusive provision actively advocates separatism.
The Save KIDS West Midlands Inclusive Creche petition to Birmingham City Council/ Ed Balls - Sec of State Children, Schools & Families was written by Sharon Hopwood and is in the category Children's Rights at GoPetition.