Variety's regular Pod-Ability podcast series explores the unseen, complex challenges facing the parents and families of disabled children, offering in-depth discussion as well as practical suggestions and signposting.
While some children’s disabilities, like cerebral palsy, are visible at first glance, others, such as ADHD, are not immediately apparent. And of course, many disabled children have a mix of both. In this episode, we explore how you can go about finding the parenting approach that fits best, however visible or invisible your child's disability is. Pod-Ability host Dan White chats to Adam Pearson, an actor (best known for his appearance alongside Scarlett Johansson in 'Under the Skin'), presenter and disability rights campaigner, as well as Bobbie Dove, whose son Arun has multiple hidden disabilities.
Caring for a child with a disability can often feel overwhelming for parent-carers, but what is the impact on their own mental health? And how can they look after their emotional and psychological wellbeing? To debate this question, Pod-ability host Dan White, himself a parent to disabled daughter Emily, is joined by Natasha Devon, MBE, a mental health campaigner and author of 'A beginner’s guide to being mental: An A to Z', and Louise Mcloughlin, whose daughter Megan has spina bifida.
What can parents can do to ensure their disabled child has the same kind of access to fun activities – and shopping experiences – as any child? To explore this issue, Pod-Ability host Dan White, himself a parent to disabled daughter Emily, is joined by Samantha Renke, an actress, disability campaigner, columnist and founder of 'Don’t want our cash' as well as Simon Blewett, a disability-access officer whose daughter Daisy is autistic.
If your child has special educational needs and disability, or SEND as it’s more commonly known, deciding what school to send them to is a daunting task. Mainstream schools and SEND schools both have their pros and cons. In this episode, we look at education for disabled children and ask how you can decide what’s best for your child. To explore this issue, Pod-Ability host Dan White, himself a parent to disabled daughter Emily, is joined by is Yvonne Newbold, author of the book 'The Special Parents Handbook', and parent to three SEND children. Also joining Dan is Martina Piantina, whose son Karl has cerebral palsy and is a Variety beneficiary.