“What Can I Say?”

  • Wendy Merchant
  • Jamie Merchant


  • This chapter is about a child’s desire to participate in play activities. The child, who happens to be disabled, needs his mum to fight his corner to be able to join in.

  • It uses a play script to show the barriers that prevent the child from fully joining in these play activities.

  • It discusses the ability of disabled children in the UK to access play activities and the impact this has upon the ability of their parents to access employment.

  • Finally, the ability of disabled children to easily access both play and childcare activities is considered within the political context of the UK in 2016.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wendy Merchant
    • 1
  • Jamie Merchant
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BristolBristolUK

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