Skip to main content

Posts

Top 5 Rainy Day Activities For Visually Impaired Children

It's difficult to keep typically developing children from becoming bored and literally losing their minds on a wild, windy and wet day. Though when you have a SEN child with a visual impairment, you have to think outside the box to come up with appropriate activities that are suitable for their level of sight loss, yet aren't too easy that they'll get bored quickly but rather helps them build on a skill, all the while and most importantly being FUN!

My eldest daughter Abbie is 5 and she was born with a genetic degenerative eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa (or RP). It has been a challenging journey trying to figure out what she can and cannot see as she has never had 'normal' vision, how and what she sees, she thinks everyone sees. It's her 'normal'. With help of her Opthalmologist who specialises in RP, specialist optician and Visual Impairment Teacher we've established that Abbie's current level of vision loss is;

Night blindness (no v…
Recent posts

Dear Disney | Why my children will Never experience the Magic...

In support of the recent campaign by Laura Moore AKA Mum On A Mission to get Walt Disney World/Disneyland resorts to see the dire need of 'Changing Places' toilet facilities in their parks, I wrote an open letter to Disney explaining the sad reality behind exactly why my children will Never get to experience the magic like every other kid does in their childhood.

Mum On A Mission in the Media;
Mum SLAMS Disney after having to change severely disabled son on toilet floor

Dear Disney,

My name is Fi and I'm a 29yr old Mum of two little girls who absolutely adore anything Disney. Abbigail 5 and Ava 2 are the proud owners of the entire 7 dwarves plush toy collection from your official stores, add two new Disney films from Santa every Christmas and pick a Disney classic every day after school and nursery from your handy Disney Life app which we love! They also have many pj sets, bedding and a Spotify play list they can self activate thanks to Amazon Echo's Alexa that play all t…

Trip to Chester Zoo! | Courtesy of The Willow Foundation

Back in 2016, finding it difficult to get out with now 2 young children under 5 as a wheelchair user myself with a life-limiting muscle wasting condition, I applied for a 'Special Day' via The Willow Foundation.

I'd actually known about Willow from my days of going for respite at Francis House Children's Hospice, but wanted to wait until I was certain of what I wanted the 'special day' to entail. Wish granting charities are mainly for seriously/terminally-ill children, The Willow Foundation is the only one I'm actually aware of in the UK that is for adults!

If you pop to The Willow Foundation website, you'll see such a wide variety of 'special days' and even weekend breaks. Most popular being meals out with family, day trips to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and meeting favourite celebrities! Although meeting the cast of my favourite Soap - Hollyoaks would of been AMAZING... I knew what I wanted more than anything was to simply take the girls to the …

Why I was #FitToBurst *LIVE* on Facebook!!

On Saturday 26th May 2018 I attended a surprise birthday meal with extended family for my nephews 16th. They choose to book a very posh Indian restaurant in Walkden, Manchester called The Purple Lounge.

We had a wonderful time and the birthday boy was celebrated in style, getting to have his first legal alcoholic drink and had the restaurant staff singing Happy birthday as they brought out a magnificent Bolton Wanderers FC cake. A milestone occasion, that everyone should be able to enjoy being included in.

Yet there's 250,000 children and adults in the UK who cannot leave their home without severely limiting their fluid intake and watching the clock for the fear of needing the toilet while out doing normal things like going out for a birthday meal with family. For those 250k who cannot use a standard disabled loo due to complex needs that only Changing Places facilities cater for, leaving the house is incredibly anxiety provoking and puts a damper on wherever they go.
I'm 1 of…

Air Travel with a Wheelchair + Children

In 2016 we embarked on what some may say was a very ambitious adventure of our 1st family holiday. Reason being we aren't your average family of 4 with just budgeting and small children to contend with (both of which are hard enough!) Put in the fact I, their Mother am a full-time wheelchair user and a full-time powerchair user at that and our holiday just got a lot more complicated and sadly, a lot more expensive...

Upcoming in this series focusing around our family holiday to Costa Almeria;
Getting Around Costa Almeria | As A Wheelchair User

Comparing Budget and Disabled Holiday Websites

Best Sabinal Hotel, Roquetas de Mar | Accessibility Review ♿
In this post I'm going to focus on air travel when you're a wheelchair user AND you've got children to contend with. That sentence probably has you thinking, gosh that'd be total madness! It's hard enough if you're just a wheelchair user. The worry of getting on the plane, if Special Assistance has communicated with …

The Disabled Blogger Tag

A big thank you to my friend Emma over at SimplyEmma.co.uk (Top UK travel + disability blogger) for inviting me to answer some awesome questions as part of the only Disabled Blogger Tag. A Q + A series created by Elin from My Blurred World specifically for disabled bloggers!

1. When and why did you start your blog?

I started this blog in August 2017, although I've had many blogs over the years I've never gone public with. They were more a personal outlet of my troubles. Starting 'Life of an Ambitious Turtle' was a whole other kettle of fish!

My life and perspective changed dramatically in 2011 when I lost my Father to a rare form of Cancer. I made it my mission to start grabbing life by the horns and get every last ounce of joy out of it, no matter how small. I learnt how to find the silver lining in the darkest of clouds and never feel sorry for myself because somebody out there somewhere has it WAY worse. Channelling my energy into living life to the full and push the …

Best Sabinal Hotel, Roquetas de Mar | Accessibility Review ♿

In 2016 we embarked on what some may say was a very ambitious adventure of our 1st family holiday. Reason being we aren't your average family of 4 with just budgeting and small children to contend with (both of which are hard enough!) Put in the fact I, their Mother am a full-time wheelchair user and a full-time powerchair user at that and our holiday just got a lot more complicated and sadly, a lot more expensive...

Upcoming in this series focusing around our family holiday to Costa Almeria;
Air Travel with a Wheelchair + Children


Comparing Budget and Disabled Holiday Websites

Getting Around Costa Almeria |As A Wheelchair User ♿

This post is focused on why we chose the Hotel Best Sabinal in the small village of Roquetas de Mar and the accessibility in the hotel as a whole, aswell as their Superior Accessible Rooms.

How Did I Find This Hotel?

When I was comparing EnableHolidays.com against OnTheBeach.com the Best Sabinal Hotel was one listed on Enable with a Grade 3 disability access …