Diverse dolls help children ‘appreciate themselves as they are’ ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

By Louise Kinross Winnie Mak is part of a multicultural family. She is Chinese, from Hong Kong, and her husband Rafael is French and Greek. They live in London, U.K., and after their son Alex, now 4, was born, Winnie learned that the vast majority of dolls were white, girls and able-bodied. She wanted to create soft dolls targeted to boys and girls that “reflect the diversity of the world.” So she launched One Dear World with four dolls that represent…

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Single mother myths that are complete bullsh*t – Single Mum, Parents Article

Is it time to put an end to single mother myths?You don’t have to be a single mum for long to experience societal stigmas. You may gradually notice chinks of negativity linked to your social standing. That society is designed for clichéd family units to which you no longer belong. Potential employers become discriminatory. Banks and rental agencies become hesitant. Social invites dry-up and married friends slink away.Is it that by being the female half of a relationship breakdown, we…

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Friday bonus watch ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

Friday bonus watch ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM Friday bonus watch This short film about living with a dad who has cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair, and communicates with a pointer and letterboard, is now available on YouTube. My Dad Matthew is seen through the eyes of Elijah, who was then 14, and considers his father… This is only a snippet of a Parents Article written by BLOOM – Parenting Kids With Disabilities Read Full Parenting Article

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‘I’m trans because that’s who I am’ ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

BLOOM: What does it mean to be transgender? Logan Wong: It’s when the gender you’re assigned at birth doesn’t match with what you believe to be your gender. Trans is an umbrella. It can mean you’re a guy, you’re a woman, or you’re both. There are new labels coming up every day. BLOOM: How did you recognize you were transgender? Logan Wong: I came out publicly last September. But I’ve known I was trans since I was seven. When I…

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What works in children’s rehab, and why, is researcher’s passion ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

By Louise Kinross De-Lawrence Lamptey has a PhD in rehabilitation science and a master’s degree in clinical psychology. He has right-sided weakness related to cerebral palsy and grew up in Ghana. “When I was growing up I was less aware of my disabilities than I am now,” he says. “I was born with a disability, but I was never raised as a person with a disability.” De-Lawrence is a postdoctoral fellow doing research in inclusion and participation at Holland Bloorview…

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