We put a shout out on our online community and social media, to find out what the best things about being a disabled dad or dad to a disabled child are. You didn’t disappoint.
Happy Father’s Day to all you legends!
Hughie on Facebook: “I have an inspirational 11 year old boy who faces daily challenges but always has a smile on his face. He never lets his disability stop him from having fun and reaching his goals. He’s also supported by his little brother who is just amazing with him. Proud to be their dad. You are both amazing and love you all the world.”
Zec on our community: “My daughters are now 21 and 23 but I’m gramps to Oscar who’s 20 months old. Since he could sit up he’s loved sitting on my lap in the wheelchair. People seem fascinated when we go round the supermarket with him sat on my lap. Now he tries to push me in the wheelchair and he moves it.
The best thing is that he doesn’t bat an eyelid at me in a wheelchair, to him it’s just what gramps does and why wouldn’t he.”
Charlimaisdad on our community: “The best thing about being a dad to Charli-Mai is seeing her achieve milestones, and to see how much she gets out of life.”
FoodFatigue on our community: “For me it’s raising and seeing that my daughter doesn’t bat an eyelid when seeing other people with disabilities. She’s developed a great empathy and it’s great to see.”
Guy on Facebook: “I have had the wonderful privilege of easing and shaping the difficult life of an amazingly inspirational young woman, and it’s such a pleasure to see her flourish now!”
Speedincaesar on our community: “I love being a dad! Watching my daughter grow unfazed by differences. I love the conversations we have. Being a dad in a wheelchair has also given me the opportunity to meet other families with kids that may not have ever met a disabled person before.”
Martin on our community: “Being a dad is the one thing I’m most proud to be in my life. Having a child with disabilities just amplifies that honour and pride. The two younger children get our eldest involved in everything they do, they see when doors need to be opened and recognise places his wheelchair won’t fit.
An amazing moment for me was at a football match recently. I campaign for better access to stadiums, and one of the things I asked for is accessible family seating so that families can enjoy a game sitting together. In our life it’s often our eldest getting looked after by his younger brothers, but at a football match I took this picture, where clearly big brother, is looking after the youngest. Had a lump in my throat when taking this, and still do when I see it. It’s pictures like this that make being a dad the best thing in the world. Of course it may be Father’s Day on Sunday, but I couldn’t be half the dad I am without the support of my wife, and their mum. Like football, being a dad or a mum to me is a team thing. And when we’re on form, we make one hell of a team.”
We’d love to hear your reasons too. Tell us in the comments below.