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Short breaks are a lifeline for disabled young people

"To say that respite is a lifeline sounds like a cliche, but it really is and I honestly do not know how we would cope without it." These are the words of the mother of 10-year-old Nia, who has Down's Syndrome, ADHD and autism. Her mum spoke at the recent launch of Full Lives, my study of short breaks provision for children and young people with disabilities and their parents and carers in Wales.

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