Both my children were born in London and we spent our early days as a family soaking up the sights and smells of London. I met a wonderful group of mums and we pounded the parks with our buggies betting whose child would fall asleep first. We have now moved to York, but we visit Great Ormond Street Hospital regularly for eye checkups with fantastic consultants. We have named our mini Toylikeme team Fantastic Mr Fred’s Flights for Sights as we try to ensure Fred sees and experiences as much as he can before his sight deteriorates.
Fred, Eva and I are taking part in the Super Sensory walk. We are going to niff, walk, feel and sing our way around.
My son was diagnosed as severely sight impaired at six weeks old. I thought it was the end of the world. How wrong I was. It was just a different path and one which delights in all the senses. Unbeknown to me at the time, my good friend was also losing her sight. This friendship blossomed on cake, chats and a shared understanding of how important inclusion, acceptance and aspiration are. From this, Toylikeme was established and we are bringing our little toybox revolution back to London where it all began.
I am supporting Toylikeme. Myself and my friend Rebecca, set Toylikeme up when we realised that there were so few toys available which represented children with disabilities. Toylikeme is an arts and play based not for profit company set up to shake up the toybox. The work of Toylikeme aims to create positive self-esteem in disabled children by campaigning for toys to be more representative. For a visually impaired child seeing a doll using a while cane or a child with a cochlear implant or seeing their favorite Disney toy character wearing one, sends a powerful message of inclusion.
Training tip: Get your feely fingers ready, open your eyes, ears and take a deep breath and smile. Toylikeme is coming to town.