“We’ve had no support”. Parents of children with learning difficulties face struggle following care centre closures | Central

Parents whose children have severe learning difficulties say they’ve been left without any support after their day care centres closed at the start of lockdown.

The centres provide community-based day activities and support for people with learning disabilities but many remain closed.

Some centres in England are starting to reopen at 10% capacity but it is unlikely they will return to pre-pandemic levels before the autumn.

Families, carers and support organisations are worried there will not be enough places and they say local authorities have let them down.


Sandwell Council says it took the decision to ask day centre providers to close in March following the imposition of national restrictions, particularly given the vulnerability of people who attend day care, and who would be at potentially increased risk of complications should they catch the virus.

Sandwell is currently on the coronavirus “watchlist” after a number of localised outbreaks in workplaces

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Medical Examiner IDs man killed during struggle with BCSO deputies

Update:

The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man killed during a struggle over a weapon with Bexar County deputies Tuesday afternoon on the Northwest Side.

Damian Lamar Daniels, 30, died of a gunshot wound to the chest after family members called deputies to check on him at a home in the 11000 block of Liberty Field.

The manner of death was homicide, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

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A man who was reportedly suicidal over the loss of several family members was killed during a struggle over a weapon after Bexar County deputies tried to help him Tuesday afternoon on the Northwest Side.

Family members called deputies twice to check on the 31-year-old man at a home in the 11000 block of Liberty Field, deputies said.

Sheriff Javier Salazar said deputies responding to the first call were not able to establish contact with the man.

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Day cares welcome mask-wearing toddlers as parents struggle to ‘make best decision’ in COVID-19 world

Sam DeRoze is almost 4 years old. After years of nanny care, he’s supposed to dive into his first organized school experience this fall. But the coronavirus pandemic has his mother mulling.

“I’ll need to see the plan from his preschool before I decide,” says Dianne DeRoze, a business consultant in Leesburg, Virginia. “If it’s safe and a positive experience, that’s valuable. What I don’t want is for him to have a knee-jerk reaction that school is this scary place you get dumped.”

DeRoze is among the millions of parents grappling with sending their children to preschool and babies to day care as cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, spike nationally.

The debate continues to rage among politicians and school officials on fall reopening plans. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the city would be providing day care for 100,000 children to help

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As Patients Struggle With Bills, Hospital Sues Thousands

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From The New York Times, I’m Michael Barbaro. This is “The Daily.”

Today: for decades hospitals could assume that patients with jobs and health insurance would pay their medical bills. Sarah Kliff on why that’s no longer the case and the aggressive new way that hospitals are forcing those patients to pay up.

It’s Monday, December 2.

sarah kliff

Hi, Amanda.

amanda sturgill

Hi!

sarah kliff

It’s been a while.

amanda sturgill

It has been. Hi.

michael barbaro

Sarah, tell me about Amanda Sturgill.

amanda sturgill

Oh, yeah.

sarah kliff

So Amanda is 41 years old. She lives in this tiny little town in rural Virginia called Norton.

amanda sturgill

It’s very small. I don’t even know why it’s called a city, because it’s not very big.

sarah kliff

She has four children. She’s a single mom.

michael barbaro

Sarah Kliff writes about health care for The Times.

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