West Sussex County Council has launched a directory of short breaks for families with disabled children.
The breaks include leisure and sports, drama and arts, sensory, youth clubs and after-school or holiday schemes.
A spokesman said: “Short breaks enable disabled children and young people to learn new skills, try new experiences and increase their confidence by providing fun and social activities outside the school day.
“Short breaks also give parents and carers a well-deserved break, giving them the chance to rest, catch up on day-to-day activities or spend time with other family members.”
Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council deputy cabinet member for children – start of life, said: “Last year more than 1,500 disabled children and young people benefited from a short break.
“The breaks are a lifeline for many families, and help them to cope with the day-to-day demands of caring for a disabled child.
“The service is available for children and young people up to 18 years old who have a disability and additional needs.
“Parents shouldn’t expect to pay more than they would normally for a non-disabled child to access similar services.”
Copies of the directory can be downloaded from the county council website at www.westsussex.gov.uk (search for ‘short breaks’).
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