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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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Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month - Week 3

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

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Charlotte’s Story

You probably saw this little star in the news recently. Here's a new video for…

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Text Back in Time

Parents get a lot of advice following the diagnosis of their child’s disability.

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World Downs Syndrome Day

Check out our World Downs Syndrome Day Infographic, produced with our friends at Downs…

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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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Eight Charities Flying the Flag for Special Needs Family Participation

There are millions of worthy causes around the world, but we all have our favourites…

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This will make you smile

A beautiful video for World Down Syndrome Day (21 March 2014)

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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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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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‘My Brother, Teddy’

We love this! Watch Emma talk about her brother Teddy, who has cerebral palsy.

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The Best Advice You’ve Ever Heard on Raising a Child with a Disability

Parents whose child has a disability get a lot of advice, most of it is well-intended…

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Super Seth travels the world - Part 3 of 4

Having left Australia, temporarily anyway, where we completely fell for the laid…

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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 Family Camping: Camp John Marc

For this blog post, I wanted to write and brag about a certain camp we attended this…

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Raising kids with special needs: Working moms V Stay at home moms

We usually see the arguments on mommy groups or see it referenced in commercials…

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B Facebook ‘On this Day’ - A kick in the stomach for Special Needs Parents

The majority of us use Facebook; we all know what Facebook is, even those who don't…

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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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Birthday Party Tips For Kids With Disabilities…From The Parents Who’ve Been There

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

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Flying with Your Goto Seat

In theory, it’s pretty easy to book a family holiday these days. Just a few…

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Parents of Kids With Disabilities Fear for Sibling Relationships

A survey by Firefly has found that 86% of parents feel that their child’s disability…

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How do you explain bullying to a disabled child?

There’s a lot of advice available about bullying. In Firefly’s work on…

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How to find the best pet for special needs kids

As you might know, Firefly is all about special needs family participation –…

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Around the World with Sebastian: Travelling with a child with Cerebral Palsy

Sebastian is a world traveler. By the time he was 2 he had more stamps in his passport…

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What is ‘special needs family participation’, and why does it matter?

‘Inclusion’ and ‘participation’ are terms, in relation to…

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Five Things Parents of Disabled Children Wish You Knew

Every one of us has the power to ruin a stranger’s day. Usually accidentally,…

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8 Ways the 3D Printing Revolution Will Help Children with Disabilities

Disabled children can require complex and expensive equipment, often…

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It Took 10 Years To Meet My Son…But Marijuana Finally Made it Possible

Zaki was suffering from up to 200 seizures per-hour due to Doose syndrome. Some lasted…

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Fun for the Whole Family: The Special Needs Way

You might remember back when you were a child and your family participated in Friday…

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