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Saturday, 12 March 2016

Additional Needs

This weekend, I'm at a training event at a lovely hotel near Derby. It's run by Care for the Family. Just by way of background, Care for the Family was set up by a lovely Welshman called Rob Parsons. He used to be a lawyer and became increasingly saddened by the number of couples getting divorced. He felt that God was calling him to do something, so he started a charity that focused on strengthening family relationships. The idea was to preempt and prevent problems, rather than pick up the pieces.

Now, Care has many sections. I'm involved with befriending parents who have children with additional needs. This annual training event gets all of the befrienders together.

It's lovely to talk to other mums about autism--related stuff but it's also amazing to hear stories of real challenge and yet these parents still have something to give to other families who are finding it tough.

Highlights for me have been saying grace in sign language and sharing photos of our children and chatting about them. I haven't taken any photos as I don't want to invade people's privacy but I'll try and get some pics tomorrow of the accessibility and otherwise of the hotel.

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