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Special Needs Bloggers

Meet our Firefly Community bloggers providing you with their unique, meaningful and insightful thought pieces

Ben Taylor

Daddy to the most amazing and inspiring little monkey in the world. Real life dream weaver.

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The Upsee from a Rett Syndrome Perspective - Elizabeth Halford

For a while she was the youngest person in the UK to be diagnosed wit Rett Syndrome,…

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We are still waiting for our little boy’s diagnosis, but he is taking charge of things himself

 “I think the worst thing we did at the beginning was to completely withdraw…

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We are going to the IRSF Family Conference

We are off to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation Family Conference this…

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Doctors Said Baby Jack Wouldn’t Survive, But Five Years On He’s Living More Than Ever

To say Maura McCrystal is a busy mum is like saying the sun is warm. It just…

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Upsee Wait Down to Just Four Weeks

Upsee fans will be delighted to know the waiting time for orders is down to four…

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I Love You Natty: A sibling’s uplifting introduction to Down’s syndrome

Earlier this week on the blog, we created a list of our favourite inclusive books.…

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Children with disabilities deserve more respect. Let’s make it happen.

Put yourself in this scene… You and your family are enjoying a Saturday out…

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The Inclusive Books Every Child Should Know

We love when story books bring the family together. The whole crew settles down,…

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What’s His Proudest Moment as a Special Needs Dad?

Okay, okay, father’s day was yesterday and most people have already moved on.

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By a hero Dad… The trials and tribulations of adopting and fostering children with special needs

In the latest of our Father’s Day blog posts, Ron Head tells his remarkable…

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10 things you didn’t know about special needs Dads

In December 2008 my life changed forever, my first child was born, the most beautiful…

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A Day in the Life of Dad: Christopher and Cameron

Firefly presents the next in our series of posts dedicated to fab fathers!

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A day in the life of Dad: Steve and Stan

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, so this week the Firefly blog is celebrating…

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I Refuse to Let My Child Miss Out Because of a Disability

Being a part of a group matters to everyone.

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More Great Upsee Adventures on Instagram

Our Firefly friends are really busy on Facebook but it's not the only place you'll…

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Five Tips for Helping Kids with Special Needs Flourish Through Gardening

If your child has a disability, you discover a lot of challenges and frustrations…

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Laughing at Cerebral Palsy: 5 Comedians with CP

There are lots of reasons we're happy about so many comedians with CP appearing…

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NFL Superstar Helps Arrange A Very Special Prom Date

We love this! Firefly friends stateside probably know Washington Redskins Quarterback, Robert…

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Young Sports Coaches with Disabilities On the Rise

Disability sports keep growing. More and more sports are being adapted, and recent…

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Lilo and Stitch Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Special Needs Family Participation

Lilo and Stitch is amazing. We love it. And it doesn't matter that we're…

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Let’s Transform Childcare for Kids with Disabilities

Here’s a fantastic chance to really make your voice heard.

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If You Don’t Read This No One Will Like You

Living with special needs is expensive. Families don’t get bags of money handed…

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Attention everyone in the UK!

There have been rumours circulating about something called ‘summer’.

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Disability on Kids TV: Where’s the Early Intervention for Prejudice?

We’ve seen a lot of recent progress regarding representation of disabilities…

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Grandparenting a Child with Special Needs

In every family, grandparents play a hugely important role, both in the life of the…

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Animal Therapy for Children With Special Needs

Everyone is familiar with the idea of service or assistance animals – animals…

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SEN reforms – what do they mean for your family?

In September 2014 new legislation takes effect in England and Wales that changes…

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Making a meal of it

“The family that eats together stays together” goes the old saying, but…

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3 Tips for Making Tummy-Time More Fun

It’s widely accepted now that ‘tummy-time’ is important for any…

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Our Family Rules: No One Gets Left Behind

When I was little, Christmas Day unfolded in a very specific way. (Don’t worry,…

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