Special Needs

Special Needs

Real life stories, issues and experiences of day to day life by parents and healthcare professionals.

Special Needs: What is the “real world”?

Does the ‘real world’ only apply to non-disabled people?

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Wheelchair stresses in the summer

This is our second summer having a wheelchair.

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Special Needs

Accessibility: What is a radar key?

A radar key is an extremely large key which will unlock over 10,000 “accessible”…

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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 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 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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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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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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Special Needs Campaign: Help us save our local respite centre

I am writing to tell you about the impending closure of NHS Nascot Lawn children's…

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The things we resort to when there has been no bench and hoist

It is estimated that 1 in 260 people in the UK need an adult sized changing bench…

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10 More UK Tourist Attractions with a Changing Places Toilet

We all know that one of the biggest challenges faced by families with disabled children…

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Tilgate Park officially opens Space to Change

Crawley Borough Council has officially opened what is believed to be the first hoist-assisted…

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Retailer Next disappoints with NO Changing Places toilet

As an avid campaigner for change for disabled people I am used to rejection.

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Changing Places Closure

The Changing Places toilet located at the Boating Lake in Cleethorpes has been closed.

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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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No toilets available!

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

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Accessible Toilet Campaigners: 10 Famous Faces

The power of the people should never be underestimated.

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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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Special Needs Mum targets shopping complex

Karen England is yet another special needs parent hitting the headlines for…

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Woburn Safari Park criticised for toilet provision

Woburn Safari Park in Milton Keynes, England has been criticised on social media…

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5 reasons to go shopping with a child with special needs

For many parents shopping with their children is a complete nightmare.

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The Truth About Crowdfunding

As CEO of the specialist children’s charity, Tree of Hope, the growing popularity…

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Dear Lidl,

We live just around the corner from one of your stores.

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Lidl trialling the GoTo Shop Trolley in the UK

Great news! Lidl is trialling the GoTo Shop trolley in its Cambuslang/Rutherford…

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Special Needs Guide to Brighton

Good old Sussex by the sea is the ideal spot for a holiday and here is my guide of…

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Are you a female wheelchair user?

Would you be interested in being interviewed to discuss how your urinary continence…

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Space to Change Toilets make great business sense

If you are a regular reader of Firefly blogs you will probably already know the reasons…

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Special Needs Families: Why don’t you want us in your city?

Dear Winchester City Council, We visited your beautiful city last weekend...

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