There have been numerous stories, and an official inquiry into the provision of adequate care and support for people with severe disabilities and their families, and another threat is reported in the Sydney Morning Herald this morning:
Harrowing choice put a loving mother to the test
Louise Hall, Sydney Morning Herald, November 3, 2009
Exhausted and depressed after devoting her life to caring for her severely disabled son Niall, Anita Cain took him to a respite centre - and left him there.
Abandoning him to the state's welfare system 3½ years ago was the only way the single mother could get the support she needed.
A rare genetic condition means Niall is deaf, blind in one eye and developmentally delayed, but Ms Cain's pleas for a permanent placement in supported accommodation were rejected until she relinquished day-to-day responsibility for him to the Department of Community Services.
''I only got one weekend every two months respite … all I wanted was more regular, longer breaks, but they wouldn't find anywhere for Niall to go unless I officially abandoned him,'' she said.
In NSW 32 children were given up to the Department of Community Services in the two years to June and this could worsen, with the state's only boarding school for severely disabled children facing closure.
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While we are aware of at least one other school in NSW that does offer boarding facilities for children with disabilities, and that it is highly valued by the families of its students, the threatened closure of Kingsdene might well put pressure on the capacity of any other similar school, as well as on the families of Kingsdene students.