Report highlights frustrations for families with disabled children

A recent study suggested that children living with a range of disabilities are often disadvantaged because too many playgrounds and playgroups aren’t accessible.

The research was conducted by the charity Sense and found that unsuitable facilities often led to youngsters feeling excluded from their local communities.

The Case for Play inquiry was chaired by the former Education Secretary Lord Blunkett and, over a period of three months, looked at the situation in various parts of the UK.

Lord Blunkett said: “We know that play is vitally important for children with multiple needs and their families, bringing a wide range of developmental and emotional benefits.

“However, our inquiry found that all too often the parents of children with multiple needs point to barriers they face in accessing and enjoying play.

“It means that disabled children don’t have the same chance to form friendships, and parents are prevented from taking a break from caring.

“Both disabled children and their parents are excluded from their own communities.”

The survey found that nine out of ten families of disabled children felt their sons and daughters did not have the same chances to play as other children and two thirds did not feel they had adequate information about appropriate facilities in their area.

A Department for Education spokesman said it was important that youngsters with disabilities weren’t discriminated against.

“We are committed to ensuring disabled children can access early years education and that play opportunities are accessible to disabled children.”

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