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Special Needs

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Of Bikes and Unicorns

As the parent of a disabled child I have a heartfelt wish to see a world that is…

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The Great Clear Out

There is one thing I pretty much loathe doing.

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Of Bikes and Unicorns

As the parent of a disabled child I have a heartfelt wish to see a world that is…

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by The Odd Sock Diary
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The Great Clear Out

There is one thing I pretty much loathe doing.

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Comfee Seat

We started the process months ago.We talked about it.

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by Ger Smyth
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Ahh…Someone’s Coming to Visit!

A humorous look in the mind of a special needs mum when a professional is coming…

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When Even the Specialists Don’t Know

Most days Sam’s status as a child who is undiagnosed just doesn’t bother…

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When your Child is Terrified of Being on Red

Every morning I walk my chatting, bubbly girl to school and every morning I watch…

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The Judgement of Mothers: When Breast Isn’t Best

I have no problem with any mother who breastfeeds her baby in public. 

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Woods and Trees

So, I may well have waxed lyrical about how it doesn’t actually matter to me…

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The Electric Wheelchair

We’ve had it for almost two years now. At first it was daunting; going out…

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A Special Needs Dad’s Perspective

Yesterday evening, after I’d helped my son to shower and get ready for bed,…

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MPS Awareness Day

It’s the same date every year.15th of May.

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Thinking of the Special Needs Moms that are Struggling on Mother’s Day

After a long night caring and keeping your child with special needs safe, comfortable…

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Having Children at Different Schools

As I fill my washing machine yet again with dirty laundry I am yet again reminded…

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10 More of the Most Positive and Supportive Things Said to Special Needs Parents

We asked you, ‘What is the most positive or supportive thing anyone said to…

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Changing Places: My Proudest Achievements

We recently introduced you to 10 famous faces in the world of accessible toilet campaigning.

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7 top tips for maintaining good mental health

We asked special needs parents for their top tips to maintain good mental health...

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Special Needs Parents: There’s no time - I’m exhausted!

A common problem that parents of children with additional needs find themselves left…

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Surprising me Every Day

Being punched in the nose, having your cheeks wiped with saliva hands and all the…

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Post Diagnosis: Who looks after special needs parents?

All parents everywhere are busier than ever before – they have to combine raising…

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Sometimes I Just Wish they Would Listen to Me

One thing that I have never had to worry about when it comes to Zachariah’s…

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10 of the Most Positive & Supportive Things Said to Special Needs Parents

We asked you, ‘What is the most positive or supportive thing anyone said to…

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No toilets available!

How often do you visit a public toilet when you are away from your home?

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A Recommended Procedure

Oliver is now three years old, and we have been blessed to only have follow up/ regular…

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Accessible Toilet Campaigners: 10 Famous Faces

The power of the people should never be underestimated.

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Osteogenesis Imperfecta: A Happy Life

When we are out and about, we’re often approached.

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Osteogenesis Imperfecta: The Gift of Mobility

In the fall of 2014, when Isaiah was just over one year old, we began researching…

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Osteogenesis Imperfecta: The Diagnosis

On Christmas Eve morning 2012, we stared at a little heart beating on an ultrasound…

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Tilgate Park provides Space to Change

Tilgate Park will become a must visit venue for special needs families.

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Swedish home-ware giant provides Space to Change

I'm ridiculously excited by this news even though I don't live anywhere near…

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