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

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Why I Hate End of Term as a Parent of an Autistic Child

I love when the clocks go forward, the weather is warmer and the nights lighter,…

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Autistic Pride Day - Because He’s Worth It!

Perhaps never before has humanity lived in such a self-centred, self-obsessed, self-serving,…

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by Mark Arnold
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I love my Daddy because…

I love my Daddy because…

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by Rebecca Toal
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Special Daddies

For all those years growing up dreaming of having my own family and becoming a mum,…

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by Naomi Aldridge
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To Daddy, love Sam

I see you Daddy, standing just behind Mummy.

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Swimming Lesson Dilemma

For a long time I have wanted to have Freddie taught to swim.

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by 47 Stripey Socks
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Disabled Parking Wars

What was the last thing you searched on google? I'm always intrigued to know…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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The Blurred Line between Parents and Carer

Before I had children, I never thought I would be a stay-at-home Mom. I have always…

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by Jennifer Arnold
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Men’s Health Week - Special Needs Dads Need Support

Additional or special needs parenting is tough, with so much more to cope with than…

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by Mark Arnold
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The Greatest Job

I have a question for you – when you think of a ‘carer’, what do…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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A Carer’s Week

With fervour and determination, she seizes the day.

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Sick and tired of being sick and tired

I love my children so much but caring for them full time has made me ill. 

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by Miriam Gwynne
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This is Epilepsy

(warning; contains description of a seizure, from the perspective of a parent; may…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Who Cares about Carers?

carer: noun (british): a family member or paid helper who regularly looks after a…

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by Sarah Kay
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Epilepsy and Medical Emergencies

You may recall last month reading a blog I wrote about my daughter having her first…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Carer’s Week: What Being a Parent-Carer Means for Me.

It means that I have someone who depends on me.

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by 47 Stripey Socks
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Volunteers: Making the World a Better Place for Us All.

Volunteers are worth their weight in gold.

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by Jennifer Arnold
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Three Reasons to be a Volunteer as a Special Needs Parent

There are so many reasons why NOT to be a volunteer as a special needs parent:

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Accepting Spinal Surgery

It was quite a long time ago now that Zachariah was diagnosed with scoliosis (curved…

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by Rochelle Followes
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When the list of labels just keeps on growing

One thing all SN parents will say is that our children are much more than their diagnoses…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Island Living

7 Tips to Navigating Lonely Waters as a Caregiver for Someone with Special Needs

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by Micah Pederson
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Formula v’s food?

For two years now, Sam has had a mixed diet of formula together with proper, actual…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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The Humanity Quotient

I’ve been reading again: always a risky activity, because reading starts me…

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by 47 Stripey Socks
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Time to Push Changing Places to the Next Level

As a passionate and hard-working changing places campaigner, I am always trying to…

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by Laura Moore
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SEN, online safety and gaming!

“what the…………….. oh comeeee onnnnnn…………….…

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by Zowie Kaye
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I Took My Pants Down for Disability Equality!

The changing places campaign is now in its 13 year, but there are still only 1104…

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by Laura Moore
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Return of the Seizure

I love writing blogs for Firefly.

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Undiagnosed Doesn’t Mean Not Disabled

Being undiagnosed does not mean your OK.

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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Caregiver PTSD - The Struggle is Real

I was never an anxious person growing up. I was the quiet, laid back type who generally…

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by Jennifer Arnold
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Life Lessons

It has been just over ten years since my son Ethan was diagnosed with MPS type two;…

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by Ger Smyth
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