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I-drive Disability News Updates: County council leads the way in providing short breaks for disabled children

West Sussex County Council has released a directory listing the different short breaks that are available to disabled children across the county, according to the Bognor Regis People community website.

There are around 4,000 disabled children in West Sussex, but it’s estimated just a quarter of these access the range of short breaks available, which are great ways to have fun and socialise.

Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Peter Evans, said: “Short breaks enable disabled children to try new experiences. This in turn helps them increase their confidence and learn new skills.

“Short breaks also give parents and carers a break from their caring role, giving them a chance to rest, spend time with other family members and catch up on day-to-day activities.”

Cary Buckham uses the short break scheme for her 12-year-old son Ethan who is autistic.

She said: “It’s lovely to have somewhere for him to go to for two hours each week where he will be immersed in what he is doing and is happy to be there. It’s a nice feeling when he comes home and is happy because that will mean a nice weekend.”

The directory lists lots of different activities including, swimming sessions, cinema screenings, arts and crafts, and sports activities, along with the details of the organisations that provide them. Visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/children_with_disabilities for more information.

In other news, disabled activists are planning a day of protests to demonstrate against the inaccessibility of public transport for disabled passengers.

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