Making get-togethers inclusive – families share their tips
Research launched as part of our newest partnership campaign with McCain, reports that only 12% of families raising disabled or seriously ill children say they can take part in the social activities they’d like to and 83% are left feeling sad, left out and frustrated.
Include us, ask and relax
Families supported by Family Fund gave their advice on how to make get-togethers more inclusive:
Don’t be afraid to ask families with disabled or seriously ill children over for meet-ups. Think inclusive, wherever possible, so no one is left out. Playdates can be just as important for parents- to reduce loneliness and isolation.
Don’t worry about asking us questions about a child’s disability or condition. Or any adaptations we need, including what foods kids will eat, as diets can be restrictive.
Talk with your kids, about the fact that a disabled or seriously ill child might eat with their hands, need adaptions to eat, or eat different types of food. The greater the awareness in other children, the more it prevents families feeling embarrassed or stared at, at get-togethers.
Run through what will happen at get-togethers and what food you’re planning, in advance with us. It means we can prepare children and don’t need to be embarrassed about asking questions whilst there.
Be aware of individual sensory needs and think about the physical layout and safety of a party or playdate. Creating a quiet area or den, with low lighting and music, means children can take a break, or eat meals in a separate space.
Our partnership with McCain
McCain has an ongoing partnership with Family Fund. Supporting us to provide essential grants and services to families raising a disabled or seriously ill child, across the UK. With times even tougher than ever, McCain has doubled their donation this year to offer extra support.
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