Preschool

Are disabled children being denied their right to an education?

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 | 2 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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First day of school (pics!)

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 | 2 comments

First day of school (pics!)

School is back in session. May started school with a big grin. She was very happy to be there, which was a change from the tears that were common at the end of the last school year. Over the summer, I noticed that May needed more naps than Ieuan did – unusual for an older sibling. There is a lot of stimulation at school, so I hope a few extra naps will help. It seemed to do on her first day, at least. May is in the Early Years class AKA Yellow Class. All the students have colors for their class’ name. I like Yellow and all it signifies: bright, cheerful, warm. May’s teacher...

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I arrived home from the States to find this bombshell in my mail…

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 | 14 comments

I arrived home from the States to find this bombshell in my mail…

Dear Mr and Mrs Lewis, It was decided by [Lambeth] Council’s Cabinet on 16th of January 2012, that two key policy changes were necessary to the Authority’s Home to School travel assistance policy. The aim of this policy is to increase independent travel for young people with statements of special education needs (SEN) to prepare them for adulthood. We will be working to introduce the changes after the October half term 2012. [and now just the part that applies to us] 2. Families where a motability vehicle has been provided for the benefit of the child [or the equivalent in...

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Happy Birthday May! You are THREE!

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 | 9 comments

Happy Birthday May! You are THREE!

Six-months ago, when I wrote my bi-annual birthday review of May, I really despaired. I didn’t say so in the post – these birthday posts are times to reflect on progress and celebrate May’s happiness. But, her list of achievements was not all that distinguishable from the six-months previous. When I composed it, I panicked. Was May’s progress petering off? Would she still progress and develop in a healthy way? Six-months ago, just as I was writing that post, May was about to have a stimulation immersion. This after my very troubling discovery that May had been in...

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Mama Lewis v The So-Called Social Services

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 | 5 comments

Two weeks ago, I had an uncomfortable conversation with a Social Services Occupational Therapist (SSOT). It disturbed me enough to request he not meet me at in my home, which he was meant to review for his records, but at May’s school where her community OT and physio could join us. I’m grateful to them for their support and professionalism, as well as, their familiarity with May, both her needs and preferences. Their confidence meant I could relax and focus on the chair. After all, lost in all the wranglings from our last conversation was whether the chair we were viewing that...

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