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Court rules strollers have priority over wheelchairs

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 | 0 comments

Court rules strollers have priority over wheelchairs

This week in Britain, a court of appeal ruled that bus companies don’t have to prioritise wheelchair users over mothers pushing strollers. It’s a decision that pits buggies against wheelchairs and mothers against the disabled. That’s not a battle I feel comfortable with. And does it even exist? After all, I’m a mother and I have a disabled daughter – that’s one mighty internal struggle. On BabyCentre, I wrote about the ruling and was pleased that majority of folk on the web site and then on their Facebook page agreed: that outside of extreme situations,...

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Upcoming hip surgery grrrr: Part II

Posted on Nov 23, 2014 | 1 comment

Upcoming hip surgery grrrr: Part II

It’s a universal truth that all parents want to receive as little information possible about their child being cut open and stitched back together. Right? Oh, joy. It’s surgery season. May will receive surgery on her hips this coming Monday. Previously, you may recall that the hospital was refusing to allow us to do her blood test at our local hospital. They relented, thankfully. What would have been hours in the car and pushing her across the length of a huge hospital when I am weak and my immune system is suppressed, turned into a 15 minute drive and 30 minutes in the hospital....

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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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