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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. Our closed Facebook group offers a safe, private, supportive and understanding space to talk about issues raised by each episode with like-minded parents and families of children with special educational needs and disabilities.

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How to ensure your disabled child has the best possible access to shopping and fun activities

18th February 2020
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.

Educating your disabled child – how to decide what's best

18th February 2020
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 Yvonne Newbold, author of the book 'The Special Parents Handbook'. She is a parent to three SEND children. Also joining Dan, is Martina Piantina, whose son Karl has cerebral palsy and is a Variety beneficiary.