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 information sheets, research briefs, and other resources for parents with disabilities, legal professionals, social workers, and researchers. These resources cover a variety of topics, including child-welfare law and its effects on parents with disabilities, firsthand narratives from parents with disabilities about how they raise their children, and advice for professionals working with specific populations of parents with disabilities.   

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

Call for Submissions

A graphic saying, “National Disability Employment Awareness Month - October 2021. Disability @ Work: We want to highlight the stories of workers with disabilities.” The words are written on a dark-blue background, and the word “highlight” is highlighted in yellow and uses in a handwritten font.

Click on the image for more information or visit the submission page here.

In the News

Monika Mitra, Lurie Institute Director

Disabled mothers-to-be face indignity‘Do you have a man? Can yohave sex?’ 

Lurie Institute Director Monika Mitra and the National Center for Parents with Disabilities are highlighted in story on disabled parents. Although disabled women have children at the same rate as nondisabled women, Mitra notes that "[t]he assumption is that a person cannot have a disability and take care of someone else." When Mitra began investigating pregnancy and perinatal issues facing people with disabilities, she was surprised by the lack of information and data available. 


ParentingWell Learning Collaborative

Massachusetts Behavioral Health Providers are participating in the ParentingWell Learning Collaborative

ParentingWell® is an approach to routine practice that makes talking about parenting, children, and family experiences a natural part of the conversation and of an adult’s recovery process. 

Learn more about the ParentingWell Practice Profile


Call for Blog Submissions

Share your parenting story!

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

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. 

Go to Call for Submissions | Go to Community Blog

Upcoming & Recent

New Brief: Fatherhood with a Disability

Fathers with disabilities are an overlooked segment of the disabled population. Researchers at the Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy are beginning to identify their specific health and other needs. 

Webinar: The Role of Disabled and Deaf Fathers in the Family

The Role of Disabled and Deaf Fathers in the Family

September 28, 2021

Noon - 1 p.m. EDT

A graphic saying, “Coping with COVID.” The text is white, set on a green textured background.

Coping with COVID: Parenting with a Disability During a Pandemic

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Noon - 1 p.m. EST 


Current State Legislation Supporting Parents with Disabilities

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.

Go to Interactive Map | Go to Legal Guidance | Go to Summary of State Legislation

Website Feedback 

We Want to Hear from You!

We value your input and strive to make this website work well for everyone.

Please take this very brief survey to give us your website feedback!