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

Lorna Fillingham

I am a campaigner for Space to Change and Changing Places toilets.

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Can the Upsee improve a child’s head control?

One of the most frequently asked questions we get about the Upsee is whether it will…

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15 Sanity-Saving Games to Keep your Kids Occupied in Restaurants

Every so often you will delude yourself and think we are a pleasant, civilised family,…

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Why You Should Love the Commonwealth Games

The 2014 Commonwealth Games kick off in 2014 in Glasgow today and we should all be…

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How About This for Family Participation?

Two sporty 13-year-olds, Samantha Eaker and Victoria Stuart, loved going to volleyball…

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7 of the Best Table-top Games for Kids with Disabilities (and the Whole Family)

We like simple games that the whole family can sit around the table and play. 

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Can you really become a family of published authors in 5 days?

We love a good family project. True, it’s almost impossible to get time to…

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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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Only a 10-day wait for an Upsee

We are really happy to tell you we can now fulfil most Upsee orders in around 10…

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Helping Kids with Disabilities Connect Better with Friends

Search google for ‘guide for talking to wheelchair users’ and you’ll…

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Watch Parents Try the Upsee and GoTo Seats for the First Time

We’ve been rocking up at shows and conferences to give parents and therapists…

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Ten Cool Activities for Kids with Upsees

Summer is here! Unless you’re in the UK or Ireland, where 'summer'…

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“Seeing my kids on the swing for the first time, that is something that will stay with me forever”

Our Firefly friends started using GoTo Seats late last year. Time has flown. 

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The Upsee Blows in to the Windy City and Drops by DC

Firefly made a special appearance at both the Abilities Expo in Chicago and the IRSF…

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Charlie and George are Brothers in Arms with the Upsee

Danney Maley got in touch with us to tell us about his boys and the difference the…

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If you could choose one special needs/disabled role model for your child, who would it be?

While I’m writing this I’m wondering: should kids with disabilities even…

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Little Tom the Explorer was trapped in a tiny world. Until now.

Maria Barnes brought her second and third children into the family when she gave…

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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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