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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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Surprising me Every Day

Being punched in the nose, having your cheeks wiped with saliva hands and all the…

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Post Diagnosis: Who looks after special needs parents?

All parents everywhere are busier than ever before – they have to combine raising…

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Podcast: “Are You Okay?” - The Question Special Needs Parents Always Answer With a Lie

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

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Sometimes I Just Wish they Would Listen to Me

One thing that I have never had to worry about when it comes to Zachariah’s…

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10 of the Most Positive & Supportive Things Said to Special Needs Parents

We asked you, ‘What is the most positive or supportive thing anyone said to…

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No toilets available!

How often do you visit a public toilet when you are away from your home?

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A Recommended Procedure

Oliver is now three years old, and we have been blessed to only have follow up/ regular…

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Accessible Toilet Campaigners: 10 Famous Faces

The power of the people should never be underestimated.

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Osteogenesis Imperfecta: A Happy Life

When we are out and about, we’re often approached.

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Osteogenesis Imperfecta: The Gift of Mobility

In the fall of 2014, when Isaiah was just over one year old, we began researching…

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Osteogenesis Imperfecta: The Diagnosis

On Christmas Eve morning 2012, we stared at a little heart beating on an ultrasound…

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Tilgate Park provides Space to Change

Tilgate Park will become a must visit venue for special needs families.

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Swedish home-ware giant provides Space to Change

I'm ridiculously excited by this news even though I don't live anywhere near…

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Happy Birthday Oliver

April 11th, my little man Oliver celebrated his third birthday!

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by Brittney Baumgartner
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Special Needs Mum targets shopping complex

Karen England is yet another special needs parent hitting the headlines for…

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Woburn Safari Park criticised for toilet provision

Woburn Safari Park in Milton Keynes, England has been criticised on social media…

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With Friends Like These

The internet is a very valuable tool for parents like us, not just for research purposes…

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Does the Age you Achieve Actually Matter?

Did you know universities actually seek 'mature students' and some employers…

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5 reasons to go shopping with a child with special needs

For many parents shopping with their children is a complete nightmare.

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Special Needs Parenting: Is this as good as it gets?

I’ve had a feeling for a while now – this is as good as it gets.

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Confessions of Special Needs Parents

From the ForumReal life confessions from special needs parents…

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The Truth About Crowdfunding

As CEO of the specialist children’s charity, Tree of Hope, the growing popularity…

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My Non-Verbal Son Can Communicate

Our son is four years old and nonverbal. He does not speak, but he has a lot to say.

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Dear Lidl,

We live just around the corner from one of your stores.

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If I Could Write a Letter to Me

If I could write a letter to myself, I would start with telling myself that it is…

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The Day I Discovered SWAN UK

My son was just 21 months when we had our first appointment with a geneticist back…

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Wedding Bells

Over a year ago my Brother and his Fiancé gave Zachariah the lovely task of…

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Decisions

It is mentioned over and over.  It is put into conversation with doctors, physiologists…

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by Ger Smyth
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