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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A History of Idaho's Legislation Protecting Parents with Disabilities

During its 2002 and 2003 legislative sessions, Idaho became the first state in the US to comprehensively change its state laws to safeguard the rights of parents with disabilities and their families. Learn the history of this legislation in this brief information sheet. 
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Parenting with a Disability During COVID-19:
Insights from the #COVIDDisParenting Twitter Chat

This information sheet includes first-hand perspectives from the #COVIDDisParenting Twitter Chat, during which parents with disabilities discussed the challenges, strategies, and strengths related to parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Being Good Parents: A Guide for Parents with Intellectual Disabilities

Being Good Parents is a plain-language brochure about parents with intellectual disabilities. It is based on the University of Bristol's "Plain Facts: Being Good Parents."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities