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Adapted Car Hire News Updates: Dads with disabled children should seek support

Two national charities, which support carers and families with disabled children, have released new research suggesting many dads are feeling marginalised and aren’t seeking the support that is available to them.

Netbuddy and Scope questioned 500 father carers about their thoughts on the support systems in place for them and how they are coping.

The results made for grim reading with two-thirds of respondents admitting to having relationship problems, 43 percent that they keep the fact they have a disabled child a secret from their boss, and eight in ten to feeling alone. A key revelation was that 61 percent think they are treated differently from mothers and most feel excluded at coffee mornings, social clubs and support groups.

Deborah Gundle, founder of Netbuddy, said: “Even I had not considered the extent of dads’ involvement – both emotionally and practically – and it is commonly the case that mothers are assumed to take all the responsibilities of caring on board.”

As a result of the survey, Scope and Netbuddy have proposed ways the system could be improved to help support fathers, and families as a whole.

One proposal is to make appointments with health professionals easier to arrange outside of working hours.

Fathers should also be encouraged to be open with their employers about their children’s disability and greater information should be made available about flexible working.

Gareth Sutton, who is a carer for his daughter Zoe, said to help support fathers, “reassuring them that being a carer doesn’t detract from their masculinity, or role in a typical family hierarchy” is vitally important.

In other news, disabled people are still being refused travel by some airlines, four years after EU laws made it illegal to discriminate against passengers on grounds of disability.

Adapted Vehicle Hire has an airport Meet & Greet service to help disabled passengers and their carers get to and from a selection of airports across the UK. Click here to find out more.