National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities
Disabled mother with child

The National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities conducts research and provides training and technical assistance to improve the lives of parents with disabilities and their families. We share our findings here on this website.

Father in wheelchair playing ball with son

We offer resources to support parents with disabilities, and information about working with parents with disabilities for social workers, researchers and legal professionals.

Family signing to each other

The Center for Parents recognizes that parents with disabilities know what they need. We are guided by the principle "nothing about us without us."

Advisory Board Member Spotlight

Julie Petty and sons
Julie Petty and her sons
Julie Petty is a self-advocate who was born with cerebral palsy and has been a leader in the self-advocacy movement both in Arkansas and nationally for several years.  Julie currently works at Partners for Inclusive Communities within the Arkansas University Center on Excellence for Disabilities and was the former Chairwoman of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.  Julie met her husband Brian while attending the University of Arkansas.  Their first son Logan was born in 2003 and their second son Warren was born in 2005.  Julie is excited about contributing to this national, cross-disability project where parents with varying disabilities have different but also similar needs. View Julie and her son Warren speaking out against discrimination.

Upcoming & Recent Webinars

Family Mental Health Begins with Parents

March 14, 2018 

2:00-3:00pm EST

Recording available here

Kara Ayers, Consultant

How Prospective Parents with Disabilities Can Prepare for Parenthood

April 11, 2018 

1:00-2:00pm EST

More info

Michael McKee, Co-Investigator

For Deaf Parents

May/June 2018 date coming soon!