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Special Needs Bloggers

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

Greg Lewis

Husband, Father, Social Worker and Nerd. On the rollercoaster-ride that is being a special needs parent.

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World Prematurity Day 2017

We are the forever grateful parents of an ex-premature baby.

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World Toilet Day 2017

Wow. There honestly must be a day for everything. Until about a week ago, I didn’t…

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World Toilet Day

There’s a place we all need to visit when out in public. A place, that as we…

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by Ger Smyth
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The Life of a Carer

When I tell people that I am a carer, they generally ask where I work. They take…

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Let’s Talk About Epilepsy

Being a mother to a child with multiple disabilities, I find one of the scariest…

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Feeling the Pressure

After something of a hiatus over summer it’s good to be back as a (relatively)…

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Special Needs Families: A New Baby

In 5 weeks or less we will go from a family of five to a family of six. The reality…

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by Melissa Schlemmer
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5 Ways to Keep Warm in a Wheelchair this Winter

It’s extra difficult to keep warm when you’re sitting still and unable…

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by Laura Moore
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Slot Machine Heaven

I have two children the same age but who could not be more different. 

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World Kindness Day

Of all the traits I wished upon and try to bestow in my child – kindness is…

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Invisible Disability, Invisible Child?

Hindsight is a wonderful thing isn’t it?  

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Mastering Life, One Skill at a Time

Life Skills.  Those two words have been hammered into my mind time and again…

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by Jodi Shenal
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5 Facts About Epilepsy

This month is Epilepsy awareness month so I’m sharing 5 facts about this disorder…

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by Laura Moore
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Special Needs Families: Surrounded

It was a Friday morning and I was lying in a hospital bed watching the clock moving…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Podcast: The Dark Side to Special Needs Parenting

In this episode of the Firefly Community Podcast Anna narrates one of our popular…

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Tough Times to get to Green Pastures

We moved into our current home 2 and a half years ago and absolutely loved it. It…

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The Pressure to be a Better Person - Anxiety and Me

This month we had World Mental Health day.  I wanted to get my two cents in…

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5 Things I Didn’t Realise Before I had a Disabled Child

1 Disabled toilets are really rubbish! I’m not going to lie, before my son…

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by Laura Moore
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Special Needs Parents: Does he ever laugh?

It was an innocent enough question, asked by a little boy who I am incredibly fond…

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If at first you don’t succeed - Our own personal battles with the authorities

We have just been victorious in our third giant battle against the powers-that-be,…

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by Emily Sutton
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Tesco orders additional 350 GoTo Shop Trolleys

Congratulations Community! We have exciting news to share with you. 

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Special Needs Parents: I am so proud

Too much time can be spent either ploughing through the day and going through the…

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Special Needs Campaigns: Why I am losing the will to fight for Changing Places toilets

You probably know me for being a prolific campaigner for changing places toilets. …

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by Laura Moore
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Special Needs Parents: Regrets

We don’t talk about them much, but I think most people have regrets - Mr. Sinatra…

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by Ger Smyth
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10 Special Needs Books to Curl Up to on a Cold Winter’s Day

As the weather changes sometimes there is nothing you'd like to do more than…

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Special Needs Parents: Accepting change

Accepting and embracing change has never been easy for me. I'm not known for…

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Special Needs Parenting: Raising a perfectionist

Last night was parent’s night at my daughter's school. She has additional…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Halloween isn’t like it used to be

It’s just not the same. It’s not like the Halloweens of my childhood...does…

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by Ger Smyth
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Special Needs: The Halloween Dread

This month is Halloween. The day where children go trick or treating and dress up…

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Special Needs Families: Our Halloween

When my son was a bouncing baby I loved the pumpkin/skeleton themed romper suits…

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