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Parliament: Deaf Access to Connexions

Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham & Morden, Labour)

Nikita is 17 years old and profoundly deaf. She moved to my constituency in September with her Gurkha family. Despite having been allocated a Connexions adviser and a social worker, and having had assessments and meetings, she still does not have the one thing that she wants: a college place. May we find the time for a debate on how effective the Connexions service actually is, and how it interfaces with social services departments?

Harriet Harman (Lord Privy Seal, House of Commons; Camberwell & Peckham, Labour)

I suggest that my hon. Friend considers seeking a meeting with the relevant Minister about her constituent, whom she is backing so actively. She may also consider making the general issue the subject of a Westminster Hall debate.

What a surprise! Many deaf people can fall outside the net when it comes to mainstream services basically not having a clue. Call me cynic, but I've seen this one once too many times.

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