Information Sheets

This section features informational documents about parents with disabilities, geared toward parents with disabilities, researchers, and professionals who work with parents with disabilities.  These documents include summaries of research on the needs and experiences of parents with disabilities, advice for professionals working with parents with disabilities, and resources parents can use to find support, learn from other parents with disabilities, develop their skills, and connect with their community. 

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Adaptive Parenting Strategies and Equipment

Mothers with disabilities share the strategies they used to care for their children in this transcript of a Twitter chat.

The Disabled Parenting Project (DPP) has hosted two Mother’s Day Twitter Chats. In 2016, 152 people participated and there were 900 tweets. In 2017, 83 people participated and there were 377 tweets. Each Twitter Chat lasted an hour and revealed many key themes. Among the important discussions was a dialogue about adaptive parenting strategies and equipment. The following are key themes and sample quotes. Read the information sheet | Plain-language version 

Advice for Professionals from Mothers with Disabilities

In this Twitter chat, mothers with disabilities share their advice for professionals who work with parents with disabilities.

Among the important discussions was a dialogue about advice for professionals, such as health care providers, who work with parents with disabilities and their families. The overarching theme related to presumptions by professionals about parenting with disabilities. Several mothers reported experiencing negative encounters with professionals. Other mothers wished professionals would be more supportive of their role as a mother. Sample quotes include... Read the information sheet | Plain-language version 

Advice for Prospective Mothers with Disabilities from Mothers with Disabilities

Mothers with disabilities offer useful pointers for prospective parents with disabilities in this Twitter chat.

Several of the mothers expressed enthusiasm, encouraging other women with disabilities to become mothers. Read the information sheet 

Barriers and Facilitators to Motherhood for Mothers with Disabilities

Mothers with disabilities discuss what made parenting easier or more difficult in this Mother's Day Twitter Chat.

Several participants have encountered pervasive bias, stigma, and speculation concerning their parenting capabilities, from medical professionals, schools, family, and strangers. Many noted these negative experiences as a significant barrier to motherhood. Read the information sheet | Plain-language version 

Self-Advocacy Tips for Pregnant Women with Physical Disabilities

In this Twitter chat, mothers with disabilities talk about the resources and supports that help them raise their children.

Most of the mothers described the importance of learning from other parents with disabilities as they navigate motherhood. Read the information sheet | Plain-language version 

Stigma and Stereotypes Facing Mothers with Disabilities

Unfortunately, parents with disabilities face numerous stereotypes and harmful misconceptions about their ability to raise children. In this Twitter chat, mothers with disabilities share the stigma they have encountered.

Many of the mothers encountered others who questioned their ability to parent their children. Some mothers explained how these misconceptions can lead to involvement with the child welfare system. Read the information sheet | Plain-language version 

Strengths and Benefits of Parenting with a Disability

Mothers with disabilities discuss the strengths and benefits of parenting with a disability in this Mother’s Day Twitter chat.

Many of the mothers believe that having a disability has benefited their ability to be a parent. Read the information sheet | Plain-language version 

Unmet Needs of Mothers with Disabilities

Parents with disabilities often have a number of unmet needs. In this Twitter chat, mothers with disabilities discuss areas in which they needed additional support.

Several of the mothers wish that more supports and services were available for parents with disabilities. Read the information sheet | Plain-language version 

I go to other members of the disabled community who are supportive."

National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities