parents of disabled children
Clare McIntosh is mum to three gorgeous children and has worked full time for the last three years since joining her company as part of the Carers Returner Program. Her son has Down Syndrome and she was given the opportunity during Carers Week recently to share her experiences and thoughts on how employers can adapt to meet the needs of Carers.
Sera is a qualified NLP Practitioner, coach & mentor, author of ‘Dana’s Walk’ and co-author of ‘Transforming Your Life’, and mum to Dana (aged 20) with Cerebral Palsy
Working Families' Janet Mearns talks to Claire Tomalin about her recently published autobiography, A Life of My Own', chronicling her life and the experience of being a working mother in the sixties and seventies when one of your children is disabled.
Looking back, I don’t know how I did it. A widowed single parent of a disabled child, I was working long hours, running a tribunal appeal against my daughter’s Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan and her school placement; and running her to numerous therapy and medical appointments that sometimes involved several hours of travel.
We have to value the work that carers do. We have to invest in care. It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s the only financially responsible thing to do. Care is a vital motor for economic growth and productivity. People who care have valuable skills: empathy, patience, creativity. And when we talk about childcare we have to understand that includes the care of children with additional needs and disabilities. It is not good enough to expect parents to struggle alone for years.
Our Disability Adviser, Janet Mearns, explores some of the employment issues facing parents of disabled children. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference.
By Richard Dunstan, Policy & Parliamentary Campaigns Officer In recent months, barely a week has gone by without the announcement of new research or survey findings on the ever-rising cost of childcare. In January, it was Mumsnet and the Resolution Foundation, with joint research revealing that the high cost of childcare is a barrier to work […]
By Richard Dunstan, Policy & Parliamentary Campaigns Officer, Working Families. On Monday, it was reported that, in a bid to tackle “the childcare crisis”, the minister for education and childcare, Liz Truss, is “writing to every council in England to suggest that school nurseries extend their opening hours to allow parents to leave toddlers during […]