Tag: Special Needs

The Post Newspaper Feature – Families raising autistic kids, adults need support

The Post Newspaper Feature – Families raising autistic kids, adults need support

While the world dedicates April to Autism Awareness in our house everyday is Autism Awareness and Autism Acceptance. That is the message we spread. We are humbled to be featured on The Post newspaper today to share Savannah’s journey as an autistic person. It is […]

This is my story

This is my story

When I was 18 years old I had my daughter Savannah. Being a teenage unmarried mother was deeply traumatic; but learning that Savannah was diagnosed with cerebral palsy was even more so. It was a torrid period in my life. I was married and divorced […]

The Best Carpool Karaoke Made Me Cry Too; But Not Why You Think

The Best Carpool Karaoke Made Me Cry Too; But Not Why You Think

Have you seen the beautiful video celebrating children with Down Syndrome? If you haven’t please watch it. It’s an internet sensation and I applaud the creators of the videos. You can view the video at the end of the post. When I first saw it, […]

A Day in the Life of a Mum to a Child with Special Needs

A Day in the Life of a Mum to a Child with Special Needs

I’m honoured to be featured by The Non-Adventures of a Stay-at-Home Mum. This is just a normal day for us and doesn’t take into account unexpected events or big new adventures like Mrs South Africa 2018. Read more

Children (including children with disabilities) Are Our Future Too

Children (including children with disabilities) Are Our Future Too

A few weeks ago I came across this infographic from the National Council of Persons With Disabilities which I shared on my private Facebook profile. The stripping away of the rights of people with disabilities is a lived reality. Whether they experience one or two […]

The Ones Left Behind by Sue Robins

The Ones Left Behind by Sue Robins

As a woman raising women and being married to a husband who believes I can do anything; our family are always aware of the gender inequality in society. Then I am aware of the inequality in how people with disabilities are treated. When you mix […]

Jozi4Autism Main Speaker

Jozi4Autism Main Speaker

Join me on the 25th of March 2018 at the Johannesburg Zoo where I’ll be helping you to understand the power of communication for the autistic community. “Our speaker is superwoman Desirae Pillay – mother to an autistic adult daughter, assistive technology advisor at Inclusive […]

Where is that darn Cupid?

Where is that darn Cupid?

Here we are two days before Valentine’s Day 2018. The invites for our Valentine’s Day party (to take place on Saturday) have been sent. The party games have been arranged. The list of to do’s is growing smaller. (Just remembered I didn’t add *Get Eli’s […]

Persons with disabilities and Your families: I Need Your Help, Please

Persons with disabilities and Your families: I Need Your Help, Please

I need your help. I’ve been asked to offer helpful information about “What would make visiting a public place, such as a zoo or an aquarium or a museum, a really great experience for visitors with disabilities?”

I Know Different by Tricia Proefrock

I Know Different by Tricia Proefrock

I don’t believe in assuming what Savannah might be thinking, but just as I imagine what I’d like Talisa or Eli to think about me, sometimes I imagine what deeper conversations are denied to Savannah and I because of her disability. “I know different” by […]