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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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El Mejor Consejo Sobre Cómo Criar a Un Niño Con Necesidades Especiales

Los padres de niños con necesidades especiales reciben mucho consejo, la mayoría…

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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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Work Was Always My ‘Thing’, But It’s Not An Option Since My Son’s Diagnosis

I recently gave up work to become a full time mum/carer for Oscar.

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Surviving Kindergarten: Questions For a Father of a Kid With a Disability

You've read my thoughts, concerns, fears, and random ramblings about my son,…

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Where Are The Disabled Role-Models For My Daughter?

My daughter wants to be a princess or a fairy - or a doctor - she loves all things…

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Ärzte sagten, der kleine Jack würde nicht überleben, doch fünf Jahre später lebt er mehr denn je

Zu sagen, dass Maura McCrystal eine vielbeschäftigte Mutter ist, ist genau wie…

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I dottori dicevano che Jack non ce l’avrebbe fatta. Invece, cinque anni dopo, è più vivo che mai!

Dire che Maura McCrystal è una mamma impegnata è un eufemismo e non…

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Les médecins disaient que bébé Jack ne survivrait pas, mais à cinq ans il est toujours aussi vivant

Si l'on dit que  Maura McCrystal est une maman débordée, c'est…

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Os Médicos disseram que o Jack não iria sobreviver, mas Cinco anos depois ele está mais Vivo que Nun

Dizer que a Maura McCrystal é uma mãe ocupada é como dizer que…

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El bebé Jack, más vivo que nunca, cinco años después de ser desahuciado por los médicos

Decir que Maura McCrystal es una madre ocupada es como decir que el sol está…

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Surviving Kindergarten: My Son has Extra Needs, But Am I Meeting Them?

Well, it happened. Cooper scored his first “F” for failure to master…

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Three Things Every Parent Should Know About Special Education Programs

With all the hoopla surrounding Cooper's entry into kindergarten and the implementation…

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I’m Scared My Daughter’s Disability Will Cost Her Friendships

When Bella was very young I took her to lots of baby classes and toddler groups.…

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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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My Bad Singing Soothes My Special Needs Son. Apologies to Everyone Else.

Prior to the birth of my son River in 2010, I never did much singing – at least,…

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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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Raising a Child With a Disability: Daily Doses of Joy and Trauma

My late Grandmother once told me that parenting is the easiest and the hardest job…

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Je refuse que mon enfant soit laissé à l’écart à cause de son handicap

Faire partie d'un groupe est essentiel à tous.

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Non permetto che mio figlio venga emarginato perché disabile.

Tutti hanno bisogno di sentirsi parte di un gruppo.

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Eu recuso a deixar meu filho Perca Por causa de uma deficiência

Não quer ficar de fora, mesmo que seja apenas uma conversa em torno de uma…

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Me Rehúso Permitir que Mi Hijo Pierda Debido a Una Discapacidad

No quieres quedarte al margen, incluso si es sólo en una conversación…

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We Didn’t Want Oscar in a Special School, But We Were So Wrong

As I put yet another load of Oscar's school uniform in the wash I still…

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MUST WATCH, MUST SHARE: This Spina Bifida Video Deserves Everyone’s Attention.

Attention people of the internet: you can now stop trying, we have seen the best…

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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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When Oscar Met Pebbles: How Would Our Complex Boy React to an Energetic New Dog

We all set off for the Guide Dog Centre on the Sunday, with a mixture of excitement…

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by Jane Ashton
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Fünf Dinge, die nur ein Elternteil von einem Kind mit besonderen Bedürfnissen kennt

Wir wollten mal hören, was unsere regelmäßig beitragenden Mitglieder…

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Cinco cosas que saben sólo los padres de niños con necesidades especiales

Queríamos saber lo que nuestros contribuidores (Hayley Goleniowska, Dawn…

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Cinco coisas que só um pai de crianças com especial necessidades conhece

Queríamos ouvir o que os nossos contribuintes habituas (Hayley Goleniowska, Dawn…

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Cinque cose che solo il genitore di un bambino disabile conosce

Abbiamo voluto sapere quali fossero, secondo i nostri collaboratori (Hayley Goleniowska, Dawn…

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