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DPN has helped thousands of disabled parent families through our Support Service but since funding for our highly valued service is no longer available from the usual sources, we are exploring every opportunity for donations and funding to keep our services going.

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Some challenges of being a deaf parent

Memnos Costi is a presenter on BBC’s See Hear and is married with 2 daughters, 9 and 7 years old and his wife who is also Deaf but has good speech.  Memnos has shared his experiences as a Deaf parent, whose first language is BSL (British Sign Language), and the challenges and barriers he faces in everyday family life.

Difficulties in communication with hearing parents can affect the children as they can miss out on social activities with their everyday friends that they are growing up with.  In general, the greatest difficulty I face is being a parent!! It is never easy. You want the best for your children and strive for that but life, attitudes and growing pains all get in the way!

We often get involved with Deaf Parents UK who seek to support Deaf parents by arranging events and activities supported by sign language interpreters to ensure equal access for all. Caroline Montgomery is our local co-ordinator.  It is a chance for us parents to get together and discuss similar parenting issues that we have and share solutions. The children support each other too because they all grow up going through the same thing.  Support groups like these are invaluable for many.  My worry is that there are many disabled parents out there who need this support and do not realise it’s there or perhaps do not know how to access it.

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DPN at the IIC (Inclusion, Independence, Choice) Show 14-15th Feb 2014

The IIC Show (Inclusion, Independence, Choice) on 14-15th February 2014 is set to be the largest disability healthcare show in the North of England providing a platform for the general public and healthcare professionals to turn to for FREE advice and support and extensive shopping opportunities. The event is being held at Manchester Central and was specifically chosen for its accessibility.

IIC Show will host a number of stages showcasing future strategies and invaluable advice from professionals. On hand advice will also be offered on a one to one basis for those looking for confidentiality when talking about particular issues. There will be a dedicated SEN theatre with specialists on hand to provide answers to any questions parents may have as well as a Main stage and Carers theatre.

IIC Show will also host a specialist area committed to family entertainment and all inclusive activities for everyone. Visitors can enter the Inclusive Family Activity Area for £5 for a wristband with 100% of the profit going to our partner charity: Make a Wish Foundation. This show feature will have rock climbing, crafts and arts, adaptive trampolining, inclusive playground ,sensory toys and room displays, interactive games, party and parachute games, cake decorating, face painting, balloon modeling and cycling and pedalled power fun for all abilities to enjoy.

Be sure to register FREE at www.iicshow.co.uk and come on down to enjoy the North of England’s most comprehensive shopping and resource event on disability/mixed ability.
See you there!

A new mum’s story

The phrase I hear disabled parents often say, is that they have had to ‘fight, fight, fight.’ In the run up to becoming pregnant, I had a period of eighteen months of being housebound as social work refused to ramp our property, which was very frightening. From the very first appointment we had with our midwife we were fighting for an appropriate care plan for during and after the birth. I then had a hellish time trying to cope with nurses who blatantly ignored the care plan we’d agreed. I was torn between the miracle of meeting our little boy, and the exhausting process of arguing over toileting issues, and the lack of care I was being given. We came home to further difficulties from social work who insisted on pointless assessments despite my full co-operation before the birth. It’s alarming how often I needed to explain to professionals what their role should be.

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