The Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) is a growing coalition of more than 45 charities who have joined forces, working closely in partnership with parents, to campaign for improved health and social care for disabled children, young people and their families.

The DCP has launched a brand new campaign called 'The Secret Life of Us'.

What is the simplest task you do in your day-to-day life? Getting on the bus to school or work? Going to the local shops? Visiting the park?

For the majority of families caring for a child or young person with a disability, these run-of-the-mill activities could be the most challenging tasks they face in their daily lives. It can take weeks to plan, need specialist equipment and transportation, and require additional support.

This is made harder because the right support is simply not in place.

The Secret Life of Us campaign – which has been developed in close partnership with parents – brings to life the realities of the challenges disabled children, young people and their families face in living a life many of us take for granted. It reveals the parts of their lives that most people simply do not see.

The DCP wants to open the eyes of the public and improve the understanding of the challenges faced by families on a day-to-day basis. They want to remove the barriers to people being able to relate to the lives of disabled children, creating greater understanding, affinity and empathy for them and their families.

According to DCP figures, 43% of people say they don’t know anyone with a disability, despite 1 in 5 people being disabled, and 97% of parents with a disabled child say the public do not understand the challenges they face every day.

The DCP invites you to share the campaign with other people and also to tell your own story. To find out more information, please visit this website.