One parent’s view of the system.
I want to cry.
I sit here and wonder how as an organised, eloquent woman I have descended into despair and slanging matches with unknown people at the end of the phone. I wonder how it is that despite starting the DSA process in April with Archie, so that he would go to study Economics and Politics at Manchester university equipped with the support he needs, he is now going with nothing.
As a reminder for those who haven’t read Part 1 of this series, Archie can’t read and write freely and has relied totally on memory, no notes, a reader and scribe, 50% extra time and breaks in exams to get his 2As and 1C at A level to secure a place at Manchester. Mindful that he won’t have the same support he has had at school, the intention was that an early start in this process would see him equipped with a computer, appropriate software and, more importantly, having had the lessons to understand how to use it, before he entered the lecture hall. Some dream!
Trying to make something positive out of this – take these as the next set of Top Tips.
So, here we are – helpless and unheard – the plight of pretty much everyone with a SEND. There have been some highlights of kindness and good sense.
Note to self – be persistent and try not to descend into sarcastic, desperate conversations.
Note to people on the end of the phone – return calls as promised, say sorry, listen and most of all, be kind.
*David has emailed me (now I know his surname!) and is trying to get a computer in time – we shall see.