Parents with Disabilities

Being a parent is never easy. When you’re a parent who happens to have a disability, the challenges are even greater. These web sites that offer information, tips, and support.
Chartbook on Women and Disability in the United States: What percentage of women and men with and without disability are parents?
This overview of statistical data includes demographic differences of parents with disabilities, parents with no disability, and adults with a disability who are not parents.
Epilepsy Foundation
The Epilepsy Foundation has a number of online Q&As relating to parents with epilepsy, including Health Issues After Your Baby Is Born, Parenting Concerns for the Mother with Epilepsy, Pregnancy and the Developing Child, and Pregnancy and the Mother’s Health.
National Alliance for Mentally Ill (NAMI)
NAMI’s web site offers a variety of fact sheets relating to pregnancy, parenting and mental illness, such as Clozapine and Pregnancy: One Woman’s Decision and Pregnancy Pointers for Women with Psychiatric History.
National Study of Women with Physical Disabilities – Pregnancy
The results of a study on whether women with spinal cord injury are at higher risk of specific pregnancy-related complications than are women without disabilities.
ParentAbility is a British network of people with disabilities who are parents or hope to become parents. This page provides information about the organization.
Parenting with a Disability
This bulletin board at offers parents with disabilities an opportunity to share ideas and experiences.
Parents with Disabilities: Your Rights Under Welfare Reform
An overview from Massachusetts’ Neighborhood Legal Services.
Parents with Disabilities Online
An outgrowth of “Diana Michelle’s Home Page” (aka “Trish and John’s Resources for Parents with Disabilities”), this site bills itself as “The Internet’s One-stop Resource for Parents with Disabilities” – and it’s pretty darn close. The work of Trish Day, a mom with cerebral palsy, the site features information about the Parent Empowerment Network (an e-mail group for parents with disabilities), lots of resources, adaptive parenting aids, medical resources, family stories, and links.
Project STAR Parents with Disabilities [added 11/25/01]
The mission of this program is “to ensure that parents with disabilities have the same opportunities as parents without disabilities to raise their children within their homes, families, and communities.” Although the program services Pennsylvania parents, its web-based library listings, parenting tips, and links are useful anywhere.
SCI Forum
A publication of the University of Washington School of Medicine’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, SCI Forum features several articles of interest to parents or potential parents with spinal cord injuries, including Childbirth, Parenting, & SCI, Fertility and Parenting, and Parenting.
Through the Looking Glass (TLG)
TLG is a nonprofit organization which provides clinical and supportive services, training and research serving families in which one or more members, whether parent or child, has a disability or medical issue. TLG’s National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities provides information and technical assistance; a national Parent-to-Parent Network of parents with disabilities is under development. The web site includes information about the organization and related resources.
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