It has been six months since I first contacted the Gordon Brown centre enquiring about T attending their holiday activity sessions. Six months of fighting, writing emails, and basically not getting very far.
I have submitted formal complaints to Brent Council, written to my MP James Arbuthnot, and sought legal advice and although it seems that there is a clear case of ongoing disability discrimination here I do not feel that we are really getting anywhere.
This week I received contact from the Gordon Brown centre saying that they would like to invite T to attend their sessions - as long as its before the Aiming High funding runs out in March2011. Which gives us christmas activities and half term fun. So let T experience the great activities on offer, but then she cannot attend next Easter or Summer. Nice!
I also received an email from a solicitor who specialises in discrimination who has reviewed all correspondence and the timeline and she was willing to take on the case, but at a cost of £250+vat per hour. As much as i love my daughter I simply cannot justify that (think of all the shoes and Mika tickets that would add up to?). There is a potential option that the EHRC might be willing to take this on, to fund legal action and thats certainly a possibility I might have to explore.
So i have sent off my final letter today. My last whole hearted attempt to resolve this issue. But now I am tired. I feel drained. This has been so demanding of my time and energies. I want to cry.
I feel we are getting somewhere but it is such a slow process and I dont know if i have any more fight in me. I need to recharge my energies. It has been one hell of a year this year (Frankie Boyle, Gordon Brown centre) and I just need a break from being on a one woman crusade for a while. I hope everyone understands that.
I hope T understands that. I have done my best but I dont think I can do much more. That makes me very very sad.