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12-year-old Swansea Valley autistic girl writes heartfelt letter to save special education units

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

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A SWANSEA Valley girl with autism has written an open letter to councillors in a heartfelt plea to save several special education units from closure.

Louisa Rapado-Evans, from Ystradgynlais, has taken the step after learning that units at Ysgol Golwg y Cwm, Ysgol Bro Tawe and Ysgol Gymraeg Dyffryn y Glowyr could close as Powys Council looks to make savings.

In the letter, which has been posted on Facebook, the 12-year-old said: “I used to think I was a freak and alone, since people called me that a lot when I was young. But being in the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Centre (ASD) at Maesyderwen helped me get over it and I felt a lot less of a freak being there. If you keep them open, then you’ll be heroes in my opinion. Normal kids have it tough, but ASDs have it tougher.”

Proud mum Lisa Rapado said: “Louisa didn’t have a unit to go to when she was in primary school and she doesn’t want people to have to go through what she did. She wants to help us fight.

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“The reaction to the letter has been overwhelming. Everyone thinks that she has done an amazing job of speaking up and speaking out and if the councillors can’t listen to someone who is living through the process then who else will they listen to?”

A spokesman for the Council said the consultation ends on March. 17.

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