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Advice for starting an updated version of a Phab club?

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The youth club I attended was a physically handicapped/able bodied club, back in the 80's, and was well attended.

I am involved with my local youth club, and we have a number of SEN and disabled children in the village, nine of whom currently attend any of the sessions.

Both the primary and secondary school have SEN units attached, and the Parish Council are currently pushing hard to get wheelchair friendly equipment into our local park, so I feel there might be a demand for evening activities.

Can any of you wonderful ladies give me advice on what I need to do to make the youth club a more inclusive place?

I should add that I have little experience, so please be gentle if my terminology is wrong, I am eager to rectify my ignorance.

None if whom, not nine. Sorry.

PolterGoose Sun 02-Mar-14 12:04:19

Could you contact your LAs short breaks team or equivalent and see if they can help you work out how to make it more inclusive/welcoming? Find out what's already available and see if you can fill a gap perhaps?

The difficulty is that children with disabilities have such varied needs it may be hard to address them all.

My ds has an ASD and significant sensory difficulties, he can't cope with busy, noisy groups, so we tend to avoid social activities. I would love for him to join something though, but he'd probably benefit most from a small group with carefully chosen participants to start with.

That's a great idea, thank you. I realise it won't be without its difficulties, but when I was a teenager it worked well for us. smile

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