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Vaughan | 09:00 UK time, Friday, 18 May 2012

In a move described by the government as the biggest reform in Special Educational Needs for 30 years, this week it was announced that parents in England are to be given financial control over their children's SEN budgets. This will allow them to seek out a more personalised package of support for their child, rather than local authorities being the sole provider. However, fears have been expressed by some teaching unions that the draft legislation, which also contains proposals to merge categories of special needs, could see many children completely removed from the special education register.

More of the week's headlines

Aberdeen dementia patient 'had 106 carers' in a year (BBC News, Friday 18 May)

Limbless Frenchman Philippe Croizon hits swim landmark (BBC News, Thursday 17 May)

David Blunkett urges VAT tax break for guide dog food (BBC News, Thursday 17 May)

Activist Chen Guangcheng says passport application done (BBC News, Thursday 17 May)

Equality laws to be 'simplified' to ease obligations on business (BBC News, Wednesday 16 May)

Paralysed patients use thoughts to control robotic arm (BBC News, Wednesday 16 May)

Cuts putting lives of learning disabled at risk, say nurses (The Guardian, Wednesday 16 May)

Louis the dog sounds panic alarm for disabled Wrexham owner after accident (BBC News, Wednesday 16 May)

MSPs support Scottish welfare changes (BBC News, Wednesday 16 May)

Care home criticised after mentally ill resident is jailed for killing schoolboy (The Guardian, Wednesday 16 May)

Disabled home care costs up 10 per cent (The Independent, Wednesday 16 May)

Paralympian Hannah Cockroft: How did I celebrate making history? By going to bed (The Guardian, Wednesday 16 May)

Mother takes $1M settlement from city in beating death of her mentally-disabled homeless son (Daily Mail, Wednesday 16 May)

Equality and Human Rights Commission has workforce halved (The Guardian, Tuesday 15 May)

Fury as blind people hit by benefit reform (The Independent, Tuesday 15 May)

Special needs education reform offers both hope and anxiety for parents (The Guardian, Tuesday 15 May)

The special needs system is open to abuse (The Guardian, Tuesday 15 May)

London 2012: Paralympic torchbearers announced (BBC News, Tuesday 15 May)

Brain surgery boost for children with severe epilepsy (BBC News, Tuesday 15 May)

Families win housing benefit ruling over disabled needs (The Independent, Tuesday 15 May)

Nerve rewiring helps paralysed man move hand (BBC News, Tuesday 15 May)

BBC uncovers abuse at care homes for mentally disabled children in Jordan (BBC News, Tuesday 15 May)

Thousands to be struck off special needs list (The Telegraph, Tuesday 15 May)

Former one-armed golf champion encourages inclusion in the sport (BBC News, Tuesday 15 May)

Paramedic wins £1m compensation after NHS removed wrong part of brain (The Telegraph, Tuesday 15 May)

Wounded soldiers to lose 'vital' benefits (The Telegraph, Tuesday 15 May)

Light-powered bionic eye invented to help restore sight (BBC News, Monday 14 May)

Treasury failed to test fairness of spending cuts, equality watchdog finds (The Guardian, Monday 14 May)

Disability benefit change needed, says Iain Duncan Smith (BBC News, Monday 14 May)

Diabetes care in 'state of crisis' (The Guardian, Monday 14 May)

Disability benefits to be slashed (The Guardian, Monday 14 May)

Police need training to section vulnerable people (The Guardian, Monday 14 May)

Autistic adults bullied and not supported at work, poll shows (The Independent, Monday 14 May)

What is having ECT like? (The Observer, Sunday 13 May)

The boy, 11, who battled cancer twice in one year (BBC News, Sunday 13 May)

Disabled Briton held without trial in Spain for 17 months (The Independent, Saturday 12 May)

London 2012 Paralympics: fast-track programme effective as Paralympics GB wheelchair fencing team named (The Telegraph, Friday 11 May)


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