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. 

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and share the campaign with your friends and family.

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


Toby in his handcycle
June 28, 2017

Toby loves playing outside and racing around with his friends. Toby started wheelchair racing when he was 7 and he’s never looked back. He also takes part in triathlons, basketball and wheelchair BMX all over the country. Watch Toby’s video to to hear his story,

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Millie and her mum
June 28, 2017

Millie loves playing in the park and going on the swing. But, we can only take Millie to the park every three months. When a child is in a wheelchair it takes planning. Watch Millie’s video to to hear her story,

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Rishi and Ramya
June 28, 2017

Like many 10 year olds, Rishi spends as much time as possible on his iPad. Unlike many 10 year olds, however, he struggles to communicate and understand others because of his autism.

Read his story, as told by mum Ramya.

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Smallman family
June 28, 2017

Holly is 14 and a Girl Guide who loves baking and hanging out with her friends. She also has life-limiting illness.

Read her story, as told by mum Hayley.

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