Family life and relationships

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Forgotten families – The impact of isolation on families with disabled children across the UK, 2011 [PDF]

In our survey of over 1,100 families with disabled children, we found out about the levels of isolation families with disabled children experience and how this impacts on their family life.

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What makes my family stronger: a report into what makes families with disabled children stronger – socially, emotionally and practically, 2009 [PDF]

Contact a Family surveyed 615 families with disabled children about their experiences of living in the UK, asking what makes them stronger socially, emotionally and practically.

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Patient safety in the NHS, 2007 [PDF]

This consultation was undertaken on behalf of the National Patient Safety Agency. It aimed to record the experiences and views of parents with disabled children and young people receiving NHS care in England and Wales.

No time for us, 2003 [PDF]

This survey of 2,000 parents looked at the impact having a disabled child has on the relationship of the parents. The report includes policy implications and recommendations.

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“I want to be treated the same as my brothers.” Quality of life of disabled children and young people survey report, 2009-2012 (Scotland) [PDF]

A joint report commissioned by the fSDC coalition (of which Contact a Family is a founding member) and Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland (LTCAS),this study looked at young people’s experiences, for example about schools, health and wellbeing.

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For Scotland’s Disabled Children (fSDC) Diary Project final report, 2009-2012 [PDF]

The Diary Project, run in partnership with Perth YMCA, enabled parents and family members to share their experiencesa of being part of a disabled family. A few of the participants contributed to a complenting DVD highlighting the merits of blogging.

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