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

Orla Freeman

My name is Orla, married to Shane. Also affectionately known as Mummy to Ruairi, Darragh and Eoghan

@ourownjourney http://oureoghanjourney.wordpress.com

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Special Needs Parents: I want to go clubbing in Ibiza!

Slightly random title for a special needs blog isn’t it? Let me explain. 

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Things my daughter has taught me: Special Needs Parenting

11 months old and my daughter has taught me more than I have learnt in my life.

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Special Needs Parenting: Summer is Overrated

SUMMER…A season of sunshine, relaxation and family outings.

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Thinking about the school taxi when your child with disabilities starts school

In a few weeks my beautiful first-born child will start school. My precious boy.

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My Favorite Things: Fashion Edition

While I am unsure if you readers in the U.K. shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale…

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Why I wish DIY SOS didn’t exist

It’s not because I’ve got anything against Nick Knowles, quite the opposite…

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Podcast: Birthdays - Celebration or Grieving?

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

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4 Reasons your business should be accessible

There are so many things that businesses need to do to be accessible for everyone,…

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Special Needs Parenting: If she could tell us when she hurts

Some days are easier than others to navigate through, when you have a nonverbal child.  

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Special Needs Campaigns: Interview with Clos-o-mat’s Claire Haymes

Clos-o-mat are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of equipment for changing…

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Special Needs Families: 5 companies that have exceptional customer service

Special needs parents are met with a host of daily complications so when we come…

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Special Needs Parenting: Breastfeeding with oral dysphagia

As it is World Breastfeeding Week, I thought I would write a little bit about my…

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Special Needs Campaigns: 11 Reasons not to provide an adult sized bench and hoist

It is estimated that at least 1 in 260 people in the UK require an adult sized changing…

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Accessibility and Inclusion Shouldn’t be a Luxury

Now that Amy is a sizeable child days out are becoming more of a challenge when it…

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My Favorite Things: Beauty Edition

A couple of years ago I faced some sudden and unexpected health issues. 

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Podcast: 7 Signs of Caregiver Burnout as a Special Needs Parent

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

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My Favorite Things: Special Needs Edition

Our son with special needs will be turning four years old in just a couple of weeks.  

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Where you will find a Mobiloo this August

There are so many fun things going on during the summer holidays which many families…

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Special Needs Campaigns: What do you know about BS8300?

The BS8300 is the British Standard that deals with accessibility in buildings which…

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Special Needs Diets: 10 fun foods for pureed eaters

Flavor experimentation can be quite enjoyable for children who are pureed eaters.

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Special Needs Parenting: The trauma of change

And no, this time I’m not talking about the weather.

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My Top Sale Tips

It’s that time of the season! One of my favourite times of the year.

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Autism the “Fashionable” Disability?

Becoming a parent of a child with a disability has been a steep learning curve.

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What does it mean to be a special needs campaigner?

Campaigner Noun A person who works in an organised and active way towards a goal.

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Podcast - 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Special Needs Dads

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

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Special Needs Parenting: You can never research too much

We have started to consider booking up activities for the summer holidays and have…

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Top Tips for Maintaining and Grooming your Beard

Are you new to the beard league and need some tips to groom your newly grown beard?

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Special Needs Parenting: When she’s not there

My identity as me and not just mum!

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Special Needs Parenting: Ambushed

My heart aches today. Not for any particular reason, it just does.

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