The roots of Family Network Thames Valley began around 1988, when a small number of families started looking for preschool options for their young children with disabilities. Families and educators who believed in inclusion started to gather regularly, and the discussions focused on the dreams of increasing options for children to attend their neighbourhood schools with their brothers, sisters and friends. Thus began the London Chapter of Integration Action Group (later IAI, or Integration Action for Inclusion), and the opportunity to have our voices heard at local Special Education Advisory Committees. Our children were pioneers, paving the way for the future as they were being welcomed into their local schools.
Family Network Thames Valley is working on partnerships with local developmental service providers to create a series of facilitated conversations designed specifically for siblings.
As a family caregiver, the idea of my sister needing to seek medical care in these times fills me with an unusual amount of dread.
Sara is the first to tell you that she has a busy life. Between her three jobs, volunteer position, dance classes, competitive rhythmic gymnastics meet ups, church commitments and hobbies like singing and internet research on life and relationships, she's got plenty on the go.