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There are some 770,000 children with disabilities in the UK who, up until now, have had few role models in literature. A recent survey of families with disabled children at nursery revealed the children's frustration at the lack of images of them in books.
One in ten UK children now suffer from language delay and in some areas teachers report up to 50 per cent of pupils have related problems. A high proportion of young offenders have such poor communication skills that they cannot take advantage of HMS Prison education programmes.