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Help For New Parents/Disabled Parents: 12 years 11 months ago #839

Help For New Parents/Disabled Parents: Disabled Parents Direct.Gov.Uk Website: www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/Heal...ledparents/index.htm

To arrange the support you may need as a disabled parent, the place to start is the adult social services team in your local authority.

This is a different team to the ' Children and families team'.

Health and social care assessments and the parenting role:

A disabled person has the right to ask for an assessment of their health and social care needs and if you have parenting responsibilities (for a child under 18) the assessment of your needs should also cover the support you need to carry out these responsibilities.

If you are a parent-to-be, you can let the social services team know about your situation before your baby is born to help them plan your support.

Remember, social services are not there to assume that you are unable to cope or that you will not be a good parent.

Instead, decisions about the support offered should focus on how to help you in your parenting role and not 'what you cannot do'.

It's important to remember that your assessment as a disabled person/parent is about your needs.

If you receive the right support, your child's needs will be met without the need for services from the 'Children and families team'.
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Re:Help For New Parents/Disabled Parents: 12 years 11 months ago #842

Help For New Parents/Disabled Parents:

Disabled Parents Network (DPN): www.disabledparentsnetwork.org.uk

Disabled Parents Network
Unit F9
89-93 Font Hill Rd
London N4 3JH
Tel: 0870 241 0450
Text: 0800 018 9949

E-mail: Information@DisabledParentsNetwork.Org.Uk
E-help: e-help@disabledparentsnetwork.Org.Uk (e-mail helpline service)
Website: www.disabledparentsnetwork.org.uk

A national membership organisation run by and for disabled parents.

They operate a peer support/ contact register that is open to all disabled parents, circulate a newsletter to members and operate a helpline (see number above), which is operated by disabled parent volunteers between 12pm and 2pm on weekdays (answerphone at other times; calls will be returned).

Some useful publications include 'Disabled Parents and Needs Assessment' and 'Disabled Parents and Direct Payments'.
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Re:Help For New Parents/Disabled Parents: 12 years 11 months ago #843

Help For New Parents/Disabled Parents:

Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International (DPPi) Website: www.dppi.org.uk

Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International (DPPi)
Unit F9, 89-93 Fonthill Road
London N4 3JH

Tel: 0800 018 4730
Text: 0800 018 9949

E-mail: info@dppi.org.uk
Website: www.dppi.org.uk

A small UK based registered charity, controlled by disabled parents, which promotes better awareness and support for disabled people considering, during and after pregnancy and as parents.

Encompasses the Deaf Parenting Project.

Lots of useful links on their site covering many different disabilities.
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Re:Help For New Parents/Disabled Parents: 12 years 11 months ago #844

Help For New Parents/Disabled Parents:

What's the deal for disabled parents?: Channel4 Website: www.channel4.com/health/microsites/F/fam...enting/disabled.html
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Re:Help For New Parents/Disabled Parents: 12 years 11 months ago #845

Help For New Parents/Disabled Parents:

What's the deal for disabled parents?: Contact Details: www.channel4.com/health/microsites/F/fam...g/disabled_more.html
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