Learning Disability Today
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My first… day at school

Jane’s son James was born 15 weeks early and spent four months in hospital fighting for his life. He is now 14 and has severe physical and learning disabilities. She describes as “clever, funny and living a happy and fulfilled life”. In her blog, Jane describes James’ first time at school. Even though I had taken James on a couple of visits to school before he started, I couldn’t bring myself to leave him there alone on his first day. In most places I would have been politely encouraged to leave. However, this was a special school, and James was


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