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01/02/2018 - Accessible work experience concern

01/02/18 - Male, 14 :

morning, im sending this on behalf of my son who has mild CP.  The school has a compulsary 2 week work experience set for September.  Im not sure where to start as he would need someone with him all the time

Ali says -

Thank you for your question.  I have assumed by CP you may mean Cerebral Palsy.  Your son is entitled to the same opportunities as his peers and therefore the school must ensure that any offer of work experience is accessible and suitable.  The important thing is for him to have the same chance to experience the world of employment and to participate fully so he might inform his future career aspirations.

I would advise that you and your son book an appointment with the schools work experience coordinator so that you have the time and space to detail his needs, his wishes and any concerns.  Once everyone is fully aware of what a positive work experience could look like the school can begin to find an employer that can accommodate any needs a student has alongside a meaningful experience.

If you need any further support with this issue I would suggest you make contact with pinpoint Cambridgeshire who can support parents and carers of children and young people with an additional need or disability and provide advocacy.  Historically they have worked hard to champion education, employment and training opportunities and might be aware of a supportive work experience placement and you can find out more by viewing the PinPoint website here.

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