Hundreds of jobs are under threat at a Lincolnshire charity.
Linkage Community Trust, which provides further education and employment services for people with learning disabilities, say up to 350 of its staff could be made redundant this year.
It comes after Lincolnshire County Council slashed the number of disabled students it refers there.
This year the local authority has sent just one Lincolnshire student to Linkage – compared to 30 last year.
The responsibility for deciding which students are sent to specialist colleges rests with county councils.
Linkage says while it has seen a reduction in referrals from other authorities around the country, none have been 'as dramatic a slump' as the cull in this county.
Educating a student at Linkage costs an average of £100,000 a year.
The loss of income means the charity says it now needs to save £3.8 million.
Linkage chairman Michael Oliver said: "I am deeply saddened that excellent staff who are committed to young learning disabled people will lose their jobs, and that young learning disabled people are being denied the opportunity of experiencing the benefits of a Linkage further education.
"We must work with all concerned to find a way forward and we would particularly like to meet with local authorities."
Historically, more than a quarter of the college's intake came from Lincolnshire.
But that figure will be significantly reduced following the changes.
While the majority of redundancies will be made across Linkage's three education campuses, job losses will also affect staff in the charity's 57 other facilities – residential care units and support centres.
The charity employs 900 people overall – 450 in education centres.
Jane Howson, business development director at Linkage said: "Linkage was set up for young disabled people in Lincolnshire and now local people are missing out because of our county council."
Parent Sue Thompson has been trying to get her 18-year-old daughter Lucy, who suffers from global delay, into Linkage. "We live in Willoughby, near Sleaford, and it looks like Lucy will have to go the mainstream college in Grantham.
"It's horrendous because my daughter would be much better off at Linkage. They are fantastic at teaching young disabled people everyday skills and that's exactly what Lucy needs.
"It's absolutely essential she attends Linkage but it feels like all our efforts are being blocked."
Debbie Barnes, interim director of children's services at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "We continue to work with all local providers, including the Linkage Community Trust, to ensure that the wide-ranging needs of young people with learning difficulties or disabilities can be met close to their home.
"Young people continue to be referred to Linkage when they are the most appropriate and local provider that can meet their needs."