Website review:


This is not a good-looking or “flash” site, but it does contain an
enormous amount of useful information for disabled people who are,
or hope to be, parents, writes Sarah Baalham.

The “atmosphere” is positive and supportive, with parents sharing
their experiences and advice; a discussion forum; and details of
the Disabled Parents Network (DPN) telephone and e-mail

There is useful information for parents about how to gain support
from social services, and advice on welfare benefits.

The information on direct payments is especially good, with parents
sharing practical advice and suggestions. It is particularly
refreshing to see a balanced view of social workers, with parents
reporting both good and less good experiences.

The site also has a useful “Professionals and Researchers” section
which includes details of training provided by DPN and information
about suppliers of specialist equipment for parents with a
disability. There is a massive amount of information on this site
and it is well worth a browse.

Sarah Baalham is customer care manager, Suffolk

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