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Please can you reference 'undiagnosed genetic disorder' because you can signpost to: https://www.undiagnosed.org.uk thank you

https://www.undiagnosed.org.uk has been added to our support groups/network pages 

My son has autism and I am interested in sending him to the centre that they have in Aldenham Country Park for children with additional needs during the holidays. I did speak to them last year but he did not end up going and I have now completely forgotten how I apply for the funding but I'm sure it is through the local offer. Basically I work from home at the moment so have never applied for any funding but I am looking to go back to work but my son isn't great at going to mainstream camps so I'm thinking of trying this one. It would also be good to know if he was to go to a mainstream camp one year would that also be covered. The reason I ask is he is at a mainstream School so it would be nice for him to go to mainstream camp when he feels ready as a lot of his school go to them.Any information regarding the local offer and general help with out of school funding would be really useful as I am a single parent and don't have a lot of support when I am working and my son is not at school.

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"I think the best people to advise you would be Kids Hub  You may also find the support pages in the local offer of help."

I am a parent to an autistic child and recently won ABA provision for my child both in school and in a non-school setting, at tribunal. I believe that you are therefore obliged to include ABA in your Local Offer and reflect the fact that at least one - if not more - families in Herts are receiving ABA and the criteria by which it has been awarded.

As you know, the Local Authority is obliged to consult and seek comments on the content of its Local Offer, including the type and quality of provision that is included, or not included (as well as information about any criteria that must be satisfied before any such provision will be made). Those comments must be published, together with any responses, in accordance with the Children and Families Act 2014 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. Doubtless you will keep this obligation in mind when considering this letter, and your response.

As you also know, the SEN Code of Practice says that "...the Local Offer provides a comprehensive, transparent and accessible picture of the range of services available "

If you do not now include state-funded ABA provision, such as my own, in your Local Offer then I would argue that it is neither 'transparent', nor 'comprehensive'. You are not giving local parents a full picture of what is or might be available to them.

I look forward to your response within 14 days, confirming that ABA will be included within the Local Offer, failing which I would be grateful for an explanation of why you are not doing so. I will be seeking legal advice if I do not receive a reply, plus I would respectfully ask that this letter be included in the statutory comments section of your Local Offer website - the "Local Offer: Feedback" section on your own website.

We have added information about specialist autistic spectrum disorder provision to our Autism page.

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