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

Jody Cheek

I’m a mom to Catie who has a brittle bone condition, Osteogenesis Imperfecta. I also am a special education teacher who serves her state on a Developmental Disabilities Council, helps others navigate confusing special needs waters, and loves my little family.

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Great Sensory Apps for Kids with Special Needs

As well as being diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Oscar is also visually impaired.…

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by Jane Ashton
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This is the most disgusting thing you will read today

My daughter, May, is five years old. She no longer fits on those baby changing tables,…

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by Mama Lewis
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A Letter to My Son, Who Lives in the Shadow of Cerebral Palsy

To my Son, I am sorry. I’m sorry that I’m not the fun, laid back, energetic…

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by Natalie Luckett
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How one letter went viral and changed shopping forever

When I had trouble shopping with my daughter, May, I had no idea it would change…

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by Mama Lewis
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“No, Actually, Having a Disabled Child Did Not Ruin My Life. Here’s Why.”

Not long after we got Oscar’s diagnosis someone asked me ‘How are you…

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The News that Jade has Cerebral Palsy changed everything

Since we started Jade with physiotherapy things changed dramatically. We had to come…

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by Caro Robbertze
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My Daughter’s Needs Might Mean She Never Sleeps a Full Night

Jade has never been a good sleeper. She had really bad leg cramps in the beginning.…

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by Caro Robbertze
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Cerebral Palsy Doesn’t Care What you can Afford For Your Child

Having a child with CP can bring a lot of expenses. Medical Aid in South Africa does…

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by Caro Robbertze
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“Are You Okay?” - The Question Special Needs Parents Always Answer With a Lie

A good friend of mine looked me straight in the eye a few weeks ago and asked me…

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by Natalie Luckett
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Did Having a Son With a Disability Make Me a Better Parent to His ‘Typical’ Brother?

I'd better whisper this...(sometimes my typical child is harder work than my…

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The 3 People I Always Meet When I’m Out With My Disabled Child

So, I am mum to 2 amazing little boys: a 5 year old who is severely disabled and…

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20 Great Disability Quotes

"Disability is not a brave struggle or ‘courage in the face of adversity.’…

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10 things a child with a disability would say to inspire us everyday

Hey Mum, I just want to tell you I ache inside when I see you looking at…

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The Inclusive Books Every Child Should Know

May is Short Story Month, and we’re encouraging everyone to read and share…

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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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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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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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Animal Therapy for Children With Special Needs

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

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by Laura Hillsdon
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15 Amazing Things To Do in Your GoTo Seat

The GoTo Seat has been a revelation for many of our Firefly Friends trying to get involved…

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Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month - Week 4

The final week (okay, ten days) of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and our myth-busting,…

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Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month - Week 3

Week three's myth-busting facts for Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

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Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month - Week 2

March is CP Awareness month and the team at Firefly are helping with our daily facts.…

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How Do You Deal with People Parking Illegally in Disabled Spaces?

Firefly don’t like it if you park in disabled parking spots illegally. Do not…

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Progress on New Supermarket Trolleys for Kids with Disabilities

Good news! UK retailer, Sainsbury's, invited Firefly and special needs wonder-mum…

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by Firefly Community
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Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month - Week 1

March is CP Awareness month and the team at Firefly are playing our part. We're…

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International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health for Children and Youth (ICF-CY)

The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, known more…

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Special Needs Parenting: My letter to a future employer

Birthday parties are a big deal for any child, but it’s never straightforward…

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by Fiona Russo
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