Hello! Thanks for reading the Contact Family Cymru E-bulletin for May 2016.
Join the campaign for Short Breaks and tell your local council to stop cuts to local disabled children services
Contact a Family has found that it is becoming increasingly difficult for families to access the short breaks (respite) that they need, and that funding is being cut in many local areas. Use our template email to write to your local council, to tell them why short breaks matter to you and to ask them to increase funding.
Holidays, play and leisure
Many disabled children and young people say that leisure and play – after school, in the holidays and at weekends – is the most important missing element in their lives. Your local Family Information Service can tell you what services are available. It’s good to plan ahead if you are thinking of taking a holiday or a day out to the beach. Whether you’re a wheelchair user or a parent with a pushchair, check out these 10 great beaches with easy access in Wales. With ramps and other facilities for disabled people, they’re perfect for a hassle-free day out. For more information read our free guide on Holidays, play and leisure [PDF].
Babies and children usually learn important skills as they develop, such as making eye contact, becoming attached to certain people, babbling (making basic speech sounds), saying their first words, handling toys, rolling over and taking their first steps. These skills are known as ‘developmental milestones’ and usually happen at fairly predictable ages. For more information read our free guide on Development delay [PDF].