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For our disabled daughter, a way out of the labyrinth


Gove promises some relief for the parents of severely disabled children. But others may have reason to worry



Michael Gove at the Scottish Conservatives’ Conference in Perth last year. His green paper on disability services reform was launched a few months later.

Nothing prepares you for the birth of a child with profound and multiple disabilities. There is the shock, the depression, the grieving for the child you thought you had given birth to alongside the crushing realisation that all the old certainties in your life are no more.

Gradually you adjust, driven forward by love for your offspring. Then comes the awful discovery that the most traumatic part of your new life is not caring for your child but the battle to find a way through the maze of services supposedly set up to help them. Ask any parent of a disabled child – this is what makes daily life such a despairing trial.

Off to the pigeon loft after completing the census form!

Mention how you care on census
I DON’T see myself falling particularly into the Luddite envelope – I happily embrace new technologies and am not fighting the great fight for vinyl over mp3 file. Emails – no problem. Texting – all good (LOL).

But one thing I do miss is the actual hand written and posted, falling onto your doormat-type letter. Lord Byron is alleged to have said, “Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company”, and I think he had a point.

England ‘healthier than the US’

England ‘healthier than the US’By Michelle Roberts Health reporter, BBC News

Expanding waistlines in the UK have not closed the transatlantic health gap

People living in England enjoy better health than Americans, despite less investment in healthcare, research published in the US has revealed.

Across all ages, US residents tend to fare worse in terms of diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease markers, data on over 100,000 people show.