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What’s happening to May’s hips?

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 | 2 comments

What’s happening to May’s hips?

A year and a half ago, May had a major hip operation. She recovered well. There were some lingering issues — like she still crosses her legs and you can see one of the metal pieces holding her hip bone in place under her skin. Not nice and not ideal, but much better than the pain she had been in. Why did she need surgery at three years old? You probably shouldn’t read this if you are squeamish. In recent months, May has not been doing as well. At the time of her dental surgery, we suspected her pain wasn’t entirely in her mouth and that theory has been proven right. She can...

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A toothy tale of incompetence and negligence

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 | 6 comments

A toothy tale of incompetence and negligence

May was just wheeled into surgery. I’m sat amongst the other parents awaiting our children’s fate. I’ve said it before, but praise be all parents who pack a bag for their child to take them – not on holiday – but to the hospital where someone will drug them and cut them open with a knife.  

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Are disabled children being denied their right to an education?

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 | 5 comments

Are disabled children being denied their right to an education?

May and I appear in The Independent today defending disabled children’s right to early years education. The article takes much from the speech I gave in Parliament, and thus the reason why I didn’t publish the speech earlier. The title of the article is ‘Are disabled children being refused the right to an early years education?‘ — but it could have easily have read ‘Are the mothers of disabled children being refuse their basic right to work?’ The issues go hand in hand. Here is the article. You can see it in full on The Independent’s website....

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This is the most disgusting thing you will read today

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 | 23 comments

This is the most disgusting thing you will read today

May is five years old now. She no longer fits on those baby changing tables, and she is only getting bigger. If you leave your home for more than an hour, chances are you might need to use the toilet. May does too. When we go out and she needs to be changed, we have no choice but to place her on the floor of a toilet. We wouldn’t put a baby on the floor of a toilet. What a revolting thought. We wouldn’t choose to lie about ourselves on the floors of toilets. Or, allow our toddler to eat a bit of food he drops there. But, there seems to be very little drive to provide sanitary...

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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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