January saw the Spartacus Report, officially the ‘Responsible Reform’ report, dominating the disability world news. The report was written by disabled people critiquing the government’s designs to cut DLA benefits. The report shows that the government misled the public over its consultation results and once social media took hold, the voices of diabled people could no longer be ignored.
Jax from Live Otherwise appealed to me to write a post and contribute to the cause that week. It was also a week where I was immersed in the other end of the spectrum; finding a nursing home for my disabled Grandma. I failed to post on the Spartacus report and I have an overriding guilt about that. Jax, however was able to enlist the help of some excellent ambassadors and her summary post a Carnival of Differences is fantastic and definitely worth a look. I am sorry I couldn’t be there for you and for all of us that week.
If you want to know more about the Spartacus Report then Sue at Diary of a Benefits Scrounger is the oracle.
One of the the contributors to Jax’s post was Jane from Northern Mum. Jane has had a hell of a year, her youngest daughter (still just a toddler) was diagnosed with epilepsy as a baby and more recently with Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH). Last week the little poppet had a 5 hour surgery to help correct this. It is difficult to choose from all of Jane’s wonderful posts but her post Before the Cast had me in tears and I am sure you will find it amazing too. Love you Jane.
Last week, My MumDom’s post really hit home with me as I am sure it will with many. She writes very openly about the decision to send her gorgeous little 5 year old boy to mainstream school. I remember being in exactly the same position when Aleyna was 5 and I want her to know it was the best decision we made. For the attention of the parents of will resonate with many readers.
Coming from the opposite side, Dave from Dave’s Daily Drivel writes about his son’s transition to special school, a decision which has been very difficult for him and his wife. I was delighted to read Dave’s post, The Review as there seems to be a number of positives coming out of this decision.
Musings of a SAH Mum is a great new blog for me. Most Amazing Feeling is quite an old post but fits in nicely with the theme of schools and transition. “Musings” writes beautifully about her little boy being accepted wholeheartedly by the staff of his new school. Even to the point where he is arriving with a “gifted” label and not a “problem” one.
I loved this brilliant post from Slummy to Yummy Mummy about Sensory Processing Disorder. She tells a story describing the symptoms from the ears, eyes and sense of her 4 year old little boy. It is remarkable when you read the details like this. A real eye-opener. Slummy to Yummy Mummy has such a deep insight as to what he is going through, what a lucky little boy.
Claire from A boy with Aspergers features again this month in a post which is raw in its description. Claire’s “Little Man” with Aspergers, is actually an 11 year old reasonably sized man making his recent violent outbursts even more difficult to deal with. Within Failing to regulate one’s own emotions Claire reveals some of her fears for the future, her frustration with the system but also the fabulous support she gets from her fans and readers.
And finally, I was delighted to come across the lovely Steph’s Two Girls. Steph writes about her wonderful family and in particular her daughter Sasha who was diagnosed with autism 2 years ago. Steph’s post How Important is Joining In describes Sasha’s “literal” way of interpreting the world around her. She also posted a video of her little girl sitting on the periphery of a small gym group which reminded me of Aleyna is so many ways.
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