Being a parent with a disability 

Reesha has two daughters Ria, 14, and Lenna, 8. She also has cerebral palsy, a condition that affects movement and co-ordination. Reesha describes the challenges she faces as a parent with a disability.

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Transcript of Being a parent with a disability

It was the joy that came out of it.

Because obviously we were moving into new areas all the time.

It was natural to me.

We had to find ways of having... We had to have a feeding chair made, adapted.

Didn't we have one on wheels once?

And eventually we had one fitted on your chair.

All the things we'd obviously never thought of before.

The word "independent" sticks in my mind.

The fact that Reesha does a lot more for herself than she ever did before,

because I'd help her, transfer her from chair to car if we went shopping, etc.

She's got an adapted car now and she's totally independent in that sense.

Which we did ultimately want, because it was quite hard.

My friends keep calling her my grandma and things, but...

just because she's in a wheelchair.

A lot of people just assume that the carers are your mum

and that my mum's my auntie or something.

And it's like, why couldn't she be my mum?

People can be quite...

shallow. Like, they just think "Oh, it's a person in a wheelchair."

"They can't talk, they can't think. They can't do anything. "

It feels kind of wrong, like, why people are like that.

Because my mum's disabled, anyone that's disabled,

I won't stare or anything, because I know that they're just the same.

But a lot of children should be more educated about it.

Most of the time we just talk or...

Even in the car we just play games or something and just have a good time.

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