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Micheal Gove

I would like to raise awareness on a couple of issues.
First and formemost, I strongly believe that mainstream schools 'should' include makaton within the national curriculum. Research shows how more women are going ahead with their pregnancy. Addtionally, Individuals with DS are living happier, healthier and longer lives. So why not get involved in the worthy cause!

Makaton is a widely used, use of sign language, helped not only with individuals with hearing impairments (mild to moderate), it also helps children with speech & language difficulties. On the whole, a wide range of disabled and none disabled children, can make a massive difference out of learning makaton, within main stream schools. I therefore emphasise how Makaton should be included within the national school curriculum.

Makaton sign language will not only give a nation- wide skill to children, but open up wider communications with the children who need to use this on a day to day basis. The education secretary needs to invest money for better staff training and focusing on inclusion and differentation for children with disabilities.

In addition to the above request, it is almost expected that mainstream schools should facilitate heated pools for children with DS.
This is crucial for children with Down Syndromes and wider disabilties on the whole, on-going development. Swimming pools would need to be equipped into schools. Special need schools are well - equipped with these facilities, therefore it should not be any different with mainstream schools. We as mothers with disabled children would prefer to send our children to mainstream schools, as part of promoting social inclusion and equality. We can only do this, if government bodies recognise these crucial factors.

We want to promote social inclusion this day and age, therefore it is essential how society learn to adapt and allow for individuals to study in the majority of well-equipped schools, to meet the needs of all individuals abilities. Please help us to reach our target of 10.000 signatures. We can then send this petition onto the current Education Secretary, Michael Gove.
Your signature is extremely important to us.


Karen Holland

This petition closed almost 3 years ago

How this will help

Signing this petition would help to eradicate social exclusion in mainstreams schools, towards individuals with Down syndrome who attend mainstream. It would also allow for these particular...

Signing this petition would help to eradicate social exclusion in mainstreams schools, towards individuals with Down syndrome who attend mainstream. It would also allow for these particular individuals to have easy access to the necessary facilities, increasing the individual's chances of cognitive and by no means less their physical development, at a more effective pace.
This cognitive development is crucial for all individuals learning process, as part of their daily life. Please sign if you believe our children with Down syndrome should receive Makaton use within Primary and Secondary education.
Seems a waste of a learning opportunity, the education system should use the same all the way through mainstream education. At the moment, the education system currently includes, hinduism and other foreign languages within the system alongside British Sign Language. Developments need to focuse on the essential daily use of Makaton Signing.


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