DEPUTY Children and Social Services Minister Gwenda Thomas was on home turf when she met parents of youngsters with special needs.
The Neath AM went to Ysgol Hendre, in Bryncoch, to a meeting of the Neath Port Talbot Special Needs Group.
It is made up of parents and carers of children and young adults with additional needs including autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities and physical and sensory impairment.
Mrs Thomas discussed current developments within social services in Wales and asked group members about their own experiences.
She said: “There will always be opportunities to learn from experience and make a difference to those who seek our support. I feel strongly about working to improve the lives of people with a disability and their families and carers.
“Ministers have agreed to a public consultation later this year on how the Welsh Government’s Autistic Spectrum Disorders action plan should be taken forward up to 2015.
“When the ASD action plan was launched in 2008, it was considered to be a world first. I look forward to hearing people’s views on the course we take in the future to keep Wales at the forefront of this agenda.”
Mrs Thomas said the Welsh Government would soon begin consultation on proposals for greater consistency on special educational needs between schools and local authorities.
SOURCE: This is South Wales