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

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!

Next deadline: Wednesday July 24, 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

Linda Long-Bellil, Co-Investigator

Maximizing Motherhood with Technology

Wednesday May 8, 2019

12:00-1:00pm EST

Webinar recording coming soon!

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Robyn Powell, Co-Investigator

Disability Rights and Parenting with a Disability

Wednesday April 17, 2019

2:00-3:00pm EST

Webinar recording coming soon!

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!


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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.  More...

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