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Katina Wright, a mother with multiple sclerosis from Cornwall, UK, discusses her experience of parental guilt and the importance of celebrating and utilising the ‘can dos’.
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The DPPi information service receives many enquiries on getting out and about with children. Here we feature some tips from disabled parents on giving children maximum latitude while, at the same time, keeping them safe.
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Tracey Johnston of Poole, Dorset, UK, talks about her experience of stroke and motherhood, and how she adjusted successfully to one-handed parenting.
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In this article, we look at adapted equipment that has been customised for individual parents who are wheelchair users. The adaptations were designed and carried out by the UK charity Remap and the information is taken from its website, www.remap.org
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Yuen Har Tse, who lives in the UK, talks about the struggle she had to find help to enable her to take her children out.
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Lisa Goldstein has a digital hearing aid, a cochlear implant, and plenty of deaf-friendly communication equipment. She spends her days juggling life as a freelance journalist, wife, and mother of two in Pittsburgh, USA.
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Kate Hodson, from The Stroke Association, a charity supporting and providing a voice for stroke survivors and their families across the UK, reviews DPPI’s One-handed parenting: a practical guide for new parents. The guide is available from DPPI...
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Dianne Jones, health visitor, and Brenda Stevenson, parent support worker, describe the support that Sure Start provides.
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Louise Jensen, a mother of three from Northamptonshire, UK, who has experienced chronic pelvic girdle pain (PGP) for five years, talks about adjusting to life with a disability and how a change of attitude has helped her to live life to the full.
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Louise Medus, a Thalidomide-impaired mother from Kent, UK, talks to Shanta Everington about her experiences of parenting her two children – Emma and Jack, now aged 21 and 17. Since remarrying, Louise also has two adult stepchildren. Her book No...
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Equipment and techniques
Lifting and carrying a baby or young child may be difficult for many disabled parents. Adapted equipment may help but there is little available commercially. We look at some examples of equipment that has been custom designed for use by individual pa...
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Ellen Bird, a mother with amyoplasia, a form of arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC), from Staffordshire, UK, talks about her experience of pregnancy and early parenthood.
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Sabina Iqbal is a Deaf mother of two from London, UK. She is also the Chair and Founder of Deaf Parenting UK, and was recently awarded the BT Women of Future Award 2008. Here, she describes her experiences as a Deaf parent of hearing children.
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Jackie Cairns, a visually impaired mother from Scotland, writes about the challenges of parenting outside the home: keeping children safe and dealing with the comments and attitudes of others.
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