When I take my son out, it rarely feels like a treat. And that is not a reflection on him or me, it is just a sad fact of the reality of our lives. He is just a boy and I am just a mum, so why should it be so hard? Why are we so… Continue reading Trick or treat?
Month: October 2016
We love Penzance!
We actually had a whole afternoon out this week! Meeting friends in a café is probably not a big deal for most but, for us and hundreds of thousands of others, it is a huge thing. Would you take your child out to eat at a café with no toilets? For that is the reality of… Continue reading We love Penzance!
Welcome to the zoo?
…and we left after just one hour! Because we had no choice. With my first son, a trip to the zoo was a wonderful and relaxing day. We would go with friends and amble around easily. Relaxing days with chatting, laughing, playing and occasionally stopping to look at the animals! They were good days and I am… Continue reading Welcome to the zoo?
Disney will be magical again!
A few nights ago I was filled with emotion and pride when my 17 year old son told me that he had sent an e-mail to Disney World telling them about Changing Places toilets. He asked them to install toilets with hoists and changing tables so that he can visit with his brother again. He sent my open… Continue reading Disney will be magical again!
The first “work” day.
My ten year old son went to “work”. He wants to visit places, to check out how accessible their toilets are and give them some information about how to improve them. Today he chose Dairyland Farm World near Newquay. I reminded him that we could only stay for an hour and I reminded him that… Continue reading The first “work” day.
Afraid to go out.
Today, I bottled out. I was not brave enough to go out with my child. Not because I am a shy person, not because of the weather and not because he didn’t want to go out. Simply because I was afraid that my beautiful brave boy would get hurt. If you read ‘Where do we go… Continue reading Afraid to go out.
Where do we go from here?
When you are trying to campaign for something which matters to your child there is a fine line where you have to decide how involved your child can be. For me, that line is that Adam must not suffer any harm, neither physically nor emotionally. Which makes it really difficult to decide how to approach businesses… Continue reading Where do we go from here?
Goodbye Disney Dreams.
Dear Walt Disney World, I never thought I would say goodbye to you, but I have to stop hoping. I have always loved you and will always remember you fondly, although also with sadness at what might have been. I visited pre-children, honeymooned with you, brought my first son, then my second. You have given us all magical… Continue reading Goodbye Disney Dreams.
When a child knows…
Adam is 10 years old and has physical and learning disabilities. Yet he sees and knows so much more than most of the people who make decisions about what is needed. It is that straightforward. Without a changing bench and ceiling hoist, Adam (and hundreds of thousands of others) cannot use a toilet when out… Continue reading When a child knows…
Does it matter?
Concerns about equal access for all might not affect you. YET. “The disabled”. The largest minority group of which any one of us can become a member of at any time. It isn’t a club that many would wish to join. There isn’t an eager queue. Yet, once you are in, you are generally in for the long haul.… Continue reading Does it matter?