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Kids has over 50 years on the ground experience working alongside disabled children, young people and their families, providing support, advice and information from birth to 25, whatever their disability.
Our ambition is for every disabled child or young person to meet their own potential. We believe that the right support and a range of opportunities need to be in place to ensure that every individual can thrive.
This means that learning, play and social opportunities are available from the early years through to adulthood, supporting disabled children and young people’s development and wellbeing. It means families aren’t having to fight to get the help their children need and it means the views of disabled children and young people are at the heart of all decisions made about them – at individual, service and policy levels.
Early years has been a policy area that has been particularly neglected by successive governments. While that is beginning to change, it is vital that the needs of disabled children in the early years are at the front and centre of any reforms in this area. Similarly, early years has to be central to proposed changes to the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) system.