Transportation

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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Mother of disabled child leaves her alone in the car

Posted on Apr 7, 2013 | 15 comments

Mother of disabled child leaves her alone in the car

Would it shock you any less if you knew that the mother who left her daughter alone in the car was me, and that child was May? Parents of disabled children have to make many adjustments to their lives, and some of those are to do with ideas of what is acceptable with children and what is not. Leaving a child alone in a car is completely unacceptable behavior to much of America, and probably much of Britian, where I live. I asked people to look at the context – and perhaps show compassion rather than judgement, in a post on BabyCenter. But, of course, I failed in this endeavor! Some...

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3 Half-Brained Genius Awards

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 | 0 comments

3 Half-Brained Genius Awards

The prestigious Half-Brained Genius Awards are coveted across the globe. (TRUE!) They are not given to the major moments that we read about on the news. (Also TRUE.) These are small moments of genius that I read about on blogs I follow, that make me think a parent is awesome. Or, AWESOME-O! As we call it in my family. So here are three big AWESOME-Os! to some pretty spectacular parents of special needs kiddies: 1. Kara and Ali are parents to two little wonders, Sebastian (who has CP) and baby Tallula. Kara wrote a post about their recent visit to London, where they mastered the public...

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The bombshell’s explosive result

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 | 0 comments

The bombshell’s explosive result

Let’s start with my email to Head of SEN Services who said Lambeth would cease to deliver SEN transport for children like May, for the sake of “developing their independence”: 1. How exactly do you hope to reach your ambition of independent travel for my three-year old daughter, who has epilepsy and can not sit? Doctors believe she will never sit independently. Please share with us your magic solution whereby she can sit on a bus without falling over. We are keen to learn. 2. Why did it take you eight months from decision to posting out this letter? Could it be you waited...

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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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