Posts Tagged "disability"

May’s first day at school: DENY. DENY. DENY. (from the archives)

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 | 0 comments

May’s first day at school: DENY. DENY. DENY. (from the archives)

From the archives a post for all those special needs parents whose children are starting school this month. DENY. DENY. DENY. I’ve been there. I’m a few years down the road now and I can say, categorically, it was the best thing we ever did for May. Here’s why: She attends a wonderful school with therapists on call and lots of people who love her. There are all kinds of things there that there is no possible way I could provide: hydrotherapy, dance class, sensory rooms and a massive playground. Hats off to you, parents. This will not be an easy term. Stay strong. You are...

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A toothy tale of incompetence and negligence

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 | 5 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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These facts don’t define me. This success does.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 | 6 comments

These facts don’t define me. This success does.

Sainsbury’s wrote me an amazing email this week confirming that all of their stores, nationwide, will have a disabled shopping trolley for kids to use by the end of the year. Every.Single.Store. Thousands of families across the country will be able to complete a weekly shop with their child. A normal chore, once too challenging, made simple.  

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Another “impossible” on the 1000 things May would never do – done

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 | 5 comments

Another “impossible” on the 1000 things May would never do – done

Five years ago, I sat in a small office of a hospital with a professor at one side of a desk, my husband’s hand in mine and the weight of a list of all the things my daughter would never ever do, suffocating me. Thousands and thousands of activities pouring through my mind. Everything from toilet training to going to the circus. So, what happened next? Okay – toilet training is out. But there were plenty we did do. May went to the theatre. She performed in a school assembly. She danced (she doesn’t stop bouncing sometimes). Swimming. Travelling. Bed time stories. Carving a...

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The report is clear: disabled children’s rights are being compromised

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 | 3 comments

The report is clear: disabled children’s rights are being compromised

This week, I attended the launch of the Parliamentary report into childcare for disabled children. Chaired by MPs Robert Buckland and Pat Glass, it took into consideration extensive research by Contact a Family and the personal evidence of parents, local councils and education providers. The report is stark reading. The statistics are truly awful. Children are being denied a right to an education and play, and this goes against the UN Convention on the Rights of Children, not to mention our own British laws. In short, it is illegal. On the night, I was asked to speak again. I pointed out the...

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