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PRESS REQUEST: The rewards and challenges parents face once their disabled child is over 18

Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger

I am a freelance writer looking for families to share their experiences of caring for an older or adult child with a physical or learning disability.

My aim is to produce a positive and sensitively-written feature for one of the women's magazines about the rewards and challenges parents face once their disabled child is over 18. 

As a former social worker specialising in adults with learning disabilities, my work was frequently hampered by a lack of funding and services for people with disabilities once they are deemed to be an adult - and touched by the dedication and commitment of their families to making sure their loved ones reach their potential.

I would like to raise awareness of this issue and champion the families and their amazing children. If you would like to share your story please get in touch via email or phone - I will call you back for a brief, no obligation chat to explain in more detail and see if this is for you.

Email: [email protected]

Mobile number: 07711 334200

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  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    Count me in! 
  • newbornnewborn Member Posts: 682 Pioneering
    While  being  aware of the 18 year old's cliff edge, I plead with the author  not to neglect mention of the next, appalling, unlawful discrimination of the cliff edge when S.S. officers declare, effectively,  that a person is  no longer an equal human with human rights,  because they have fallen off the next age based cliff edge.    

    Age discrimination is  supposed to be just as illegal as race discrimination,  yet it is widely practiced by all, including statutory agencies 

    So called 'older adults ' are deemed, on their  birthday, never again to need to leave the solitary confinement prison of their own room, not to need dignity, or company, not ever again to need as much budget as they had the day before. 

    Parents of disabled children will  rarely consider they have every possible chance of as equal quality of life as possible,  and they are shocked at the lower budget  and lower levels  of life quality considered reasonable  for 'young adults'. Most don't even know about the  'older adult' classification. 
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