Secret Life of Us

What is the simplest task you do in your day-to-day life? Getting on the bus to school or work? Going to the local shops? Visiting the park?

For the majority of families caring for a child or young person with a disability, these run-of-the-mill activities could be the most challenging tasks they face in their daily lives. It can take weeks to plan, need specialist equipment and transportation, and require additional support.

This is made harder because the right support is simply not in place.

The Secret Life of Us campaign – which has been developed in close partnership with parents – brings to life the realities of the challenges disabled children, young people and their families face in living a life many of us take for granted. It reveals the parts of their lives that most people simply do not see.

This is Toby’s Secret Life of Us, find more stories below. 

The Disabled Children’s Partnership wants to open the eyes of the public and improve the understanding of the challenges faced by families on a day-to-day basis.

We want to remove the barriers to people being able to relate to the lives of disabled children, creating greater understanding, affinity and empathy for them and their families.

We need to do this because right now, 43% of people say they don’t know anyone with a disability, despite 1 in 5 people being disabled, and 97% of parents with a disabled child say the public do not understand the challenges they face every day.

Sign up to help us change this. 

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We want to hear your stories. To tell your own Secret Life of Us, get in touch at: 

February 7, 2018

Angelina’s son has complex needs and requires 24/7 care. Having access to overnight short breaks allows Angelina to get the sleep she needs, while her son has the chance to see his friends, and do the activities he enjoys.

Cathryn climbing stairs smiling
January 8, 2018

There’s a part of Cathryn’s life you do see: she’s 21, studying at university, and is really politically engaged. But there’s also part of her life you do not see: her hidden disabilities, which are her constant companions. Both parts are equally hers, and neither should stop her having a fulfilling life filled with exciting opportunities. She just needs support to do so.

toddler and mum smiling
December 6, 2017

It is important for us to include Cameron in family activities so he can someday gain independence. He has recently started to learn how to walk, and we love to celebrate all that he achieves rather than focus on the barriers he faces.

November 27, 2017

Katie, 7, has autism, which can affect how she plays. Over time, her family has learnt the rules of her game.
Eva writes to Katie about the puzzle of finding the right toys.