Transportation

I don’t care if it’s £1,000. We should pay for disabled school transport.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 | 1 comment

I don’t care if it’s £1,000. We should pay for disabled school transport.

On Celebrity Big Brother this week, rent-a-gob Katie Hopkins scoffed at housemate and glamour model Katie Price’s reliance on special needs transport for her son. “With the amount you earn I find that tricky,” Hopkins said, “when you could afford it yourself.” Fans of CBB may have sided with Price, until they heard how much it cost to transport her son Harvey – who has cerebral palsy, autism and is blind – to and from school. He takes a taxi and is supervised by a nurse for the journey. On the show, Price claimed this costs nearly...

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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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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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