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This Is My Child - the new MNHQ campaign. Everyone come look please!

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RowanMumsnet · 16/08/2013 15:16


As lots of you will already know, we've spent the last few months working on a new campaign called 'This Is My Child' - and it's launching on Monday. (We're letting you know about it now because there's a rather nice piece about in in the Guardian this weekend.)

You can read about the background to the campaign here, but in essence it's about myth-busting and awareness-raising - so we'd really love you all to share it as widely as possible. We've consulted with Mumsnetters and the material is supported by input from some of the leading charities in the field: Mencap, Contact A Family and Every Disabled Child Matters.

Over the years on Mumsnet, parents of children with SN have described how their lives are made more difficult by the occasional (or not-so-occasional) judginess of members of the public. They've described how this can contribute to their isolation, placing limits on their social opportunities because they can't face the stress and disapproval that comes with public interactions.

That's why we came up with This Is My Child. Its aim is to support parents of children with additional needs, inform everyone else, and open up a conversation about how we can all act together to make day-to-day life a bit easier for these families.

The input of parents caring for children with special needs has always provided a fascinating perspective for other MNers, encouraging empathy and giving real insight into what life can be like. We're hoping that our myth-busters, tips for non-experts and strategies for parents and carers, along with our background facts and figures, will help to bring the wisdom and perspective of Mumsnet SN posters to a wider audience.

So if you like what you read and think someone you know would find it interesting or useful, please share it as widely as you can (you'll find our impressively large sharing buttons on each page Wink).

And for the Tweeps among you, we'll be holding a Twitter party on the #ThisIsMyChild hashtag on Tuesday between 1pm and 2pm; please join in if you can.

As ever, we'd love to know your thoughts and hear your feedback, so please use this thread to post up anything that occurs to you.


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RowanMumsnet · 20/08/2013 12:53

Hello again

For the Tweeters among you, just wanted to flag that we're about to start our #ThisIsMyChild Twitter party (at 1pm today) - do please join us there (@MumsnetTowers) if you can.


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neriberi · 20/08/2013 13:14

Thank you mignonette. Campaign tweeted and facebooked Grin

Lancelottie · 20/08/2013 13:39

OK, I would never put a photo on here because he dislikes them, but..

DS1 has just phoned me to say he'll collect his younger sister from her holiday activity camp, by bus, because he's free and I'm busy mnetting
He is 17 with Asperger's and a full-time statement. At primary school they referred to him as 'the biggest problem we've ever had to face'.

He is bloody lovely.

This is my child.

mignonette · 20/08/2013 13:43

KH may rail against unnecessary medication but will somebody please prescribe her some much needed Vagisil because she is an irritating cunt.

mumannie123 · 20/08/2013 14:00

Have just posted a blog in recognition of this campaign. Let's spread the word

Dawndonnaagain · 20/08/2013 14:16

Yay, Mumsnet retweeted me. I could write an essay on ASDs and Student Finance!

GobbySadcase · 20/08/2013 14:41

Some nice threads with anti disability sentiments today.
Which proves that this site talks the talk only.

It's still 'valid debate' to discuss abuse of facilities provided for disability, something enshrined in law.

BuskersCat · 20/08/2013 14:45

I missed the twitter party, but remember that you can use #tags on facebook too.

edam · 20/08/2013 16:18

link, gobby?

edam · 20/08/2013 16:28

right, found the thread you are talking about gobby and I think you are being unfair to MN.

Pawprint · 20/08/2013 16:52

Just looked at the pics - utterly beautiful pics, aren't they?

insanityscratching · 20/08/2013 16:54

I think it should be enforced reading tbh because just look at the Katie Hopkins thread to see the utter bullshit written regarding ADHD and Autism diagnoses.

Pawprint · 20/08/2013 16:56

Sunny - sorry I worried you, of course you said the right thing!

I was in a hurry to have a quick ciggie when I wrote that. Didn't really think it through.

GobbySadcase · 20/08/2013 17:27

Do you Edam? That's nice.

rightsaidthread · 20/08/2013 17:59

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Sirzy · 20/08/2013 18:16

Bit late to the thread but what a fantastic campaign!

I think it is vital that we all talk about disabilities and differences. Children shouldn't be growing up scared of disabilities they should be normalised and questions should be answered as they arise. It shouldn't be down to parents of children with disabilities to change, or the children to change it is down to parents of all children to teach children to respect others and their differences. Perhaps if we can do that we can make it easier for future generations.

Looking through the photos just now - what beautiful children they all are, its nice to see something which sees them as the individuals they are rather than their disability.

YourHandInMyHand · 20/08/2013 18:22

My DS is in the gallery! So proud I could burst. Smile

This campaign is long overdue, and desperately needed. I really hope it reaches as far as it can across all forms of media. If every mumsnetter shared it via one form of media facebook/twitter/email/local news, just think how far it could reach!

SunnyIntervals · 20/08/2013 18:46

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twistyfeet · 20/08/2013 18:52

Great campaign. I hope it stops the starers and maybe my little girl will get invited to some parties at school. She has severe cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism but is as bright as a button and in mainstream school. None of the parents ever invite her to parties and she notices Sad

Sirzy · 20/08/2013 18:57

Thats awful twisty :(

my best friend at primary school had CP and the way some people treated her was really eye opening especially the amount of it which came from the parents.

I hope she finds some proper friends soon, reading your post has brought a tear to my eyes.

twistyfeet · 20/08/2013 19:05

she has friends. Its the parents Sad

Sirzy · 20/08/2013 19:13

I will never understand how parents think thats an acceptable way to behave :(

westcoastnortherner · 20/08/2013 19:24

Thank you MNHQ this is a wonderful campaign, I read a really disturbing piece in the newspaper this morning which proves why this is needed...

gordyslovesheep · 20/08/2013 20:29

thank you MN for this - I think my neighbours think I am an awful mum with feral vile kids - my girls are amazing, but challenging and prone to anger and shouting - but we are a great family and I love them so much x

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