How do you get in to the school of your choice?

Great story this week about a frustrated mother who turned to the website Change.org after her son who has Cerebral Palsy, was refused permission to attend the school she felt was most suitable for him.

When Stacey Stafford found out that her disabled son was going to be taken out of his special needs school, she was close to despair. She had battled for a year and a half to persuade Glasgow City Council to send him to the school that she felt was best for him, fighting for a court order to gain him a place at a centre for children with cerebral palsy. Now it was in jeopardy.

"It was a horrible and stressful experience for me," she says. "I was facing another battle and I just felt angry." This time, however, she tried something different. She started a petition on change.org.

Within days, it had reached 4,000 signatures. Then the media started calling. Less than two weeks later, and with a total of 7,692 names on the petition, the council had backed down. "It was so quick," says Stafford. "I started it on a whim. I just wanted to make it uncomfortable for them. I didn't know what was going to happen.

Logging onto change.org for the first time it is fascinating to see the wide variety of petitions and no surprise to find several relating to disability and mental health on the site. Change.org's employees see themselves as brokers of social justice who amplify the frustration of otherwise voiceless individuals. 

So many of our customers tell us about their constant battles and fights with authority we thought you would like this story. We do not believe it is our job to be political at Rackety’s but this is a great example of people power.

https://www.change.org/en-GB