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As well as being a freelance writer I am also a qualified counsellor and I work for a low cost counselling service in Exeter and for the NHS Gender Clinic also in Exeter.

Simultaneously, I work as a Disability Member of the First Tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber sitting on disability benefit tribunals on an ad hoc basis.

As a writer I specialise in writing about disability and health.

My articles have been published in the Guardian, Times, OUCH! [BBC disability website], Disability Now, Broadcast, Lifestyle [Motability magazine], The Practising Midwife, 'Junior, Pregnancy & Baby', Writers' News, Able, Getting There [Transport for London magazine], Junior, Community Care, DPPi [Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International]. I have also had articles commissioned by Daily Mail.

For more information about me and for examples of my writing please see below.

If you would like me to write an article for your publication, about any aspect of disability, please do get in touch:

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Disabled parents

Good news today - a visually impaired friend has at last had a baby boy.

I tend to have my heart in my mouth for much of my disabled friends' pregnancies only because pregnancy is such a dicey game for anyone. For some of my disabled friends their disability has been an added risk. So when it all turns out OK I can breathe a big sigh of relief!

The truth is that Disabled parents are no longer the rarity they once were and it is estimated that there are over 2 million disabled parents in the UK. A lot of disabled people want children just as a lot of non disabled people do. We don't necessarily do things the same way as other parents but the end result is the same and that's all that counts isn't it!


J.D. Scorpio said...

Hello Emma:
Just wanted to let you know that I tip-toed through your blog, and when I do, I like to leave my footprint so you would know who was there…..
Parenting is difficult enough without being disabled and I take my hat off to you for the job you’re doing. I can’t begin to understand all the disadvantages you and other people with disabilities have go through raising children. So how is Archie doing, has his leg healed ok?
This comment is not sympathy by the way, It’s admiration!
Oh, and I don’t feel like anyone deserves to break a bone just because they are having fun. *S*

EmmaB said...

Yes like you say parenting is a hard enough for anyone... but when I look at my two boys it just makes all the hard work worth it - they are so beautiful.
Archie has just turned a corner and is starting to walk all over again albeit pushing his trolley or holding on to things but it's progress and hopefully he'll be back to walking fully solo before we know it.