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The report is clear: disabled children’s rights are being compromised

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 | 3 comments

The report is clear: disabled children’s rights are being compromised

This week, I attended the launch of the Parliamentary report into childcare for disabled children. Chaired by MPs Robert Buckland and Pat Glass, it took into consideration extensive research by Contact a Family and the personal evidence of parents, local councils and education providers. The report is stark reading. The statistics are truly awful. Children are being denied a right to an education and play, and this goes against the UN Convention on the Rights of Children, not to mention our own British laws. In short, it is illegal. On the night, I was asked to speak again. I pointed out the...

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They invited WHO to Parliament? (Hint: You know her.)

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 | 6 comments

They invited WHO to Parliament? (Hint: You know her.)

It is a terrible thing for a child to be born with one burden - their disability – and find they are more encumbered by another, our exclusion. Last week, I was invited to Parliament to give evidence about why finding childcare for disabled children is so difficult.   

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5 for Friday: Special Needs Round-Up

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 | 4 comments

5 for Friday: Special Needs Round-Up

Welcome to the inaugural edition of 5 for Friday – the Mama Lewis Special Needs Round-Up. For the next month, I’ll trial this round-up of highlights from special needs blogs. If it proves popular, I will continue and if not then I’ll proceed as I have been (posting endlessly about May’s superior power of cuteness). Email contact.stacie@gmail.com with suggestions for next week! 1. It’s Easter Weekend so head to It’s Fun for All at Jonathan’s Bookshelf for some accessible Easter activities. Once you are done reading about their fun fishing game be sure...

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Shopping with a disabled trolley – first look pics!

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 | 17 comments

Shopping with a disabled trolley – first look pics!

What happens when you combine one cutie in a wheelchair + one wonky shopping trolley + one wonky mama pushing it all?  Listen to the repeat at You & Yours, BBC Radio 4. Then use the hashtag #YouAndYours to let us know what you think. And here’s what happened next… May just wants to shop. And Sainsbury’s heard her cries. We tested out the Firefly ‘GoTo Shop’ trolley and it is awesome. The trolley provides a five-point harness to secure children who are challenged by tone, balance and sitting. It also has a fifth wheel underneath to stop those dangerous...

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For once, the kind of madness you’d vote for…

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 | 2 comments

For once, the kind of madness you’d vote for…

Mama Lewis and the Amazing Adventures of the Half-Brained Baby has been nominated for a MAD Blog Award. Want to help us to win? Consider this: In the last year, this blog: fought the supermarkets and won shopping trolleys for disabled children across Britain. helped families with special needs kids to visit London’s attractions in the series Kids All Access… London. shamed the councillor from Cornwall who thinks children like May should be put down. started a petition demanding Florida not lock away children in old folks homes just because they are disabled. battled through...

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