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Real life stories
Read stories from other parents about their experiences of having a child with a learning disability.
I didn't receive any tests during my pregnancy. Once my first child had received a diagnosis, I spoke to my GP and saw a professional in genetics. He told me ‘lightening doesn't strike twice.' It did.
When we found out our daughter had global developmental delay we felt devastated - protective, scared, depressed. It affected the whole family.
We adopted our first son in August 1973, when he was 3. Our own son was born in February 1974.
When my son was born we knew straight away that something was wrong.
I am 79 years old, and I care for my daughter, who is 40, at home. We adopted her when she was 2 years old.
At the time of my son's diagnosis I had no idea what a ‘disability' was, or its implications. In fact, the word ‘disability' was never even mentioned.
When we found out about our daughter's learning disability we weren't aware of what it was. She has no speech and is highly dependent on others for support.
After my first child was diagnosed with a learning disability I went to see a professional in genetics, who told me to have another child. He said lightening doesn't strike twice - it did.
I am 93 now, and I am still the main carer for my son, who is 46, and lives at home.