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Parenting with a disability should be in 'Parenting' NOT 'Special Needs'!!

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wouldbemedic Sat 28-Dec-13 10:44:51

Dear Mumsnet,

Hanging onto the 'I'm still a parent!' part of being a parent with disabilities is difficult enough without the reminder that we do, in fact, have Special Needs. So please, PLEASE support those Mumsnet users who are doing a fantastic job of parenting with a disability and place our board in parenting.

I've raised this a few times now and heard that a revamp of the boards will address this issue in due course. After more than a year of waiting, I think it's time this was done, regardless of other issues.

Apologies if this is coming across a bit militant - I'm fresh for a show-down with my local library board who have been cheerfully refraining from helping disabled members climb the long flight of steps to the entrance. Apparently, they 'can't afford' to put in a lift because it would weaken their own case for having a sparkly new library in five or six years time. I suppose I'm trying to say that anything relating to disabilities should be fast-tracked. Because life's hard enough for us.

Cheers smile

HerrenaHarridan Sat 28-Dec-13 10:50:42

Hear hear.

Of course it should be in parenting seems like a thoughtless oversight

MurderOfGoths Sat 28-Dec-13 12:38:57

I didn't even realise that topic was there!

I agree, and I think it would benefit from the extra traffic if it were in a sensible place smile

NewJerseyHousewife Sat 28-Dec-13 13:27:56

Links arms in agreement.

hopskipandthump Sat 28-Dec-13 13:29:03

Yes, I agree. It's about time.

hazeyjane Sat 28-Dec-13 13:30:54

Yes, definitely.

BrianTheMole Sat 28-Dec-13 13:32:03

Yes that sounds fair enough. Absolutely.

MrsLettuce Sat 28-Dec-13 13:35:39

Yeah, I totally agree too.

FCEK Sat 28-Dec-13 13:40:09

I agree!!!

StarlightMcKingsThree Sat 28-Dec-13 13:42:36

Hang on a sec. They're holding back on putting in a lift to accommodate people with disabilities so they can use 'disability' as leverage in 5 years time? shock

wouldbemedic Sat 28-Dec-13 17:44:14

Glad we're in agreement smile

Starlight - yes, that really happened. It's very common in the scramble for funding, apparently.

lougle Sat 28-Dec-13 17:48:04

I can see the logic. After complaining to to Council that my house is inaccessible for my DD because of the appalling state of the (council owned) driveway and the assessment process for Disabled Facilities Grants being one year behind, they have put in a path up one side of the driveway, so that she can walk safely to and from the house to her school transport.

I can completely envisage that when the DFG assessment is done, they will find that there is no need to repair the driveway, because there is a safe walking route alongside it hmm

I'm therefore not surprised that the library has entertained that thought process. Dreadful.

HappTeeNewYear Sat 28-Dec-13 17:53:42

Hear hear!

Has anyone reported this thread? It's easy for stuff to get lost.

OodKingWenceslas Sat 28-Dec-13 18:06:57

This makes sense as you have to opt in to SN and therefore will be hidden to most.

JulieJingleBellsMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 28-Dec-13 18:12:22


We're just thanking tee for pointing us in the direction of this thread (and to wouldbemedic for the thread, and to those who have contributed).

We hear what you're saying, and it makes perfect sense, but it is Saturday night, and we have to let the rest of MNHQ have time off, so this isn't something that can be sorted right away but we will sort this as soon as humanly possible.


wouldbemedic Sat 28-Dec-13 22:26:25

Thank you!! Much, much appreciated smile

JulieJingleBellsMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 28-Dec-13 22:53:51


Thank you!! Much, much appreciated smile

Never a problem. smile

MurderOfGoths Sat 28-Dec-13 23:00:31


Bumpity bump

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 10-Jan-14 14:31:22

Hello - yes we're going to do this - will see where we are with it, tis on the tech to-do list somewhere.

FCEK Sat 11-Jan-14 18:21:05

Fingers crossed, in the interests of equality etc, this should definitely be moved.

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