Research Briefs

This page includes summaries of evidence-based, community-supporting research about parents with disabilities, their needs and their rights. 

Health of Parents with Disabilities in the United States, 2017 | Plain language version 

This summary includes information on the overall health of parents with disabilities in the United States compared to parents without disabilities. 

Self-Advocacy Tips for Pregnant Women with Disabilities | Plain language version

This guide for women with physical disabilities contains advice from other women on how to best prepare for pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. 

Pregnancy among Women with Physical Disabilities: Unmet Needs and Recommendations on Navigating Pregnancy  | Plain language version

This article highlights the challenges that women with physical disabilities face when seeking perinatal care, as well as recommendations that women with physical disabilities have offered to other women to navigate pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. 

Facilitators and Barriers to Breastfeeding among Mothers with Physical Disabilities in the United States  |  Plain language version

This brief provides information about what things support mothers with physical disabilities with breastfeeding their babies and what things make it more difficult.

National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities