Monthly Archives: September 2014

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Disability isn’t a Four Letter Word

By | 2017-06-15T10:59:31+00:00 September 25th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

I believe words are powerful although it is our attitude that makes a word either offensive or complimentary. A good friend of mine once received a call from her son's teacher explaining he had sworn in class. He had just joined a school with a specialist unit for deaf kids. The teacher described how he used the sign for 'shit' in the classroom [...]

Surviving Stranger Sympathy: A guide to Parents of a Disabled Child

By | 2017-06-15T10:58:48+00:00 September 19th, 2014|Categories: cerebral palsy, expectations, mum of child with disability, special needs|

The other day I was in our local supermarket when a Stranger stopped her work, looked sympathetically between me and Sam and sighed 'Aaaaaah!', as though slightly disappointed. Having read many blogs and articles I know this experience is not unique. It seems many parents become indignant and frustrated, wanting to correct  the stranger with explanations [...]

Washing Machines are like Families

By | 2017-06-15T10:53:11+00:00 September 11th, 2014|Categories: complications, disability, mum of child with disability, out of control|

I have had a couple of weeks of things breaking down. Break Down #1 - The Washing Machine The kids hadn't gone back to school yet and my washing machine decided the best way to clean our clothes was to boil them. I was merrily busying myself in the kitchen when I noticed heat emanating from the [...]

Moments of Summer

By | 2017-07-10T21:27:48+00:00 September 5th, 2014|Categories: disability, family, mum of child with disability, summer, travelling|

The school bell tolled at the end of term. With boxing gloves in each hand, I heard my coach shout over the furore of the crowd.  I was ready. The referee called us to the centre of the ring as I excitedly bounced on my tiptoes keen to begin. Finally, I lifted my head to see [...]