National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities

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.

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

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

ParentingWell Learning Collaborative

We invite Massachusetts Behavioral Health Providers to apply for the ParentingWell Learning Collaborative!

  • Are you a Behavioral Health Provider in Massachusetts? 
  • Is your organization non-profit with a commitment to research participation?
  • Would you like to utilize the ParentingWell Practice Profile in your current practice?
  • If yes, complete an application! 


Learn more about the ParentingWell Practice Profile

Learn more about applying to participate in the ParentingWell Learning Collaborative

Call for Blog Submissions

Share your parenting story!

Next deadline: April 8, 2019 at 5:00pm EST

The National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities, a program of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University, is currently looking for parents with disabilities to contribute to a quarterly blog on the experiences and needs of parents with disabilities. Contributors will be paid $100 per accepted submission. We believe in placing parents with disabilities at the forefront, and one way to do that is invite them to share their own experiences. We are interested in bringing together a racially, culturally, and experientially diverse group of people to contribute. More info... 

Upcoming & Recent Webinars

Robyn Powell, Co-Investigator

Disability Rights and Parenting with a Disability

Wednesday April 17, 2019

2:00-3:00pm EST

Register today!

More info...

Michael Bullis, Consultant

Blindness and Parenting—Myths, Challenges and Practical Advice

Thursday February 21, 2019

1:00-2:30pm EST

Access the recorded webinar!


Peers Support Parenting Well

Tuesday January 29, 2019

2:00-3:00pm EST

Access the recorded webinar!


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Current State Legislation Supporting Parents with Disabilities

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Despite notable achievements in other areas of disability rights, parents with disabilities continue to encounter significant discrimination. Parents with disabilities are more likely to have their children removed by the child welfare system as well as have their parental rights terminated. Moreover, within the family law system, disabled parents are less likely to gain access to custody or visitation of their children. Finally, prospective parents with disabilities encounter barriers to adopting children or becoming foster parents. While there are many reasons for the pervasive discrimination, it is notable that the child welfare, family law, and adoption systems are largely driven by state statutes.  More...