Marth Smith is a finalist in the Truth About Send category. A parent and advocate, Martha writes about the highs and lows of raising two children with additional needs and hopes to create an understanding between parents and those supporting them.
What inspired you to start your blog/organisation?
After a few years raising children with additional needs, I found myself having to answer the same questions from the same people year after year. I felt that if I wrote the answers down, eventually things might sink in. Passive aggressive or what?!
What other blogs/organisations do you turn to for advice?
When I first started out, the National Autistic Society resources were invaluable. Later on I joined my local Parent Carer Forum which gave me a much deeper understanding of the workings of the SEND system. My kids both have different diagnoses but I now know other parents with children who are also different – it helps. IPSEA also became essential for free legal advice but for pure positivity and humour, the My Kid Loves Broccoli blog is my absolute favourite.
Describe yourself in three words
Resilient, feisty, knackered.
Favourite thing to do if you have some ‘me’ time?
My creative writing classes.
If there was a film of your life, what would it be called?
The Misadventures of a Human Cactus.
Which talent of yours are you most proud of?
I do public speaking in schools and a University. I am pretty straight talking and my direct approach seems to have an impact on people. Some have said that I have changed the way they practise, so I’m definitely proud of that.
If you could be one fictional character, who would you be?
Wonder Woman. Truth rope, invisible plane, ability to jump over buildings… Plus, I’d kill to look like that in my pants.
What’s the closest thing to magic?
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to start blogging?
Just do it. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing or whether you think that you are good enough. There is room for everyone – go for it!
What are you most looking forward to at this year’s BAPS Awards?
A glorious, positive night out with actual grown-ups.
The Baps Awards Ceremony takes place 4th November from 6.00pm. This year we are at a stunning new venue – The Athena in Leicester. We’d love for you to join us for a fun night of celebration – book your tickets here.
The BAPS Awards
The BAPs (Bloody Awesome Parents) Awards allows SEND bloggers to be recognised for their talents, tales and achievements. Founded by Bringing Us Together and My Family, Our Needs, these awards celebrate SEND Bloggers everywhere. Click here to find out more…