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Information for Parents

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This section contains articles and advice for people with disabilities who are parents or would like to become parents. Our definition of "parent" is wide: we include biological parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, grandparents and other relatives with disabilities who raise children.  

Some parents prefer person-first language while others prefer identity-first language. We respect each individual's choice and have used person-first and identity-first language interchangeably (e.g., parents with disabilities vs. disabled parents) throughout this website. 


Parenting Know-How

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Parenting Know-How includes tips and advice on parenting with a disability, including how-to videos, advice for parents with specific kinds of disabilities, resources for parents with disabilities, and finding adaptive equipment. Each resource is based on the real-life experiences of parents with disabilities. 

Information Sheets

This section features information sheets for and about parents with disabilities, including discussions of the experiences of 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.  Go to Information Sheets

How-to Videos

The How-To Videos section features short online movies designed for parents with disabilities. Each of the videos helps illustrate a skill or method to help raise a child as a parent with a disability. Go to How-To Videos

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Research and Information

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The Research and Information section features information about the life circumstances, health and well-being of parents with disabilities, including first-hand narratives from parents with disabilities about their experiences raising children, pregnancy while having a physical disability, and more. 

Data Sources

The 2017 Compendium on Health Data Sources for Parents with Disabilities contains useful information on parents with disabilities, including health, race, ethnicity, type of disability, and income.  Go to Data Sources 

Research Briefs

Based on sound research, our research and policy briefs contain clear, understandable information on the needs, experiences and rights of parents with disabilities. Go to Research Briefs 

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Knowing Your Rights

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As a parent with disabilities, it’s important for you to know your rights. The resources offered on Knowing Your Rights will help you find out what the rights of parents with disabilities are in your state and how you can advocate for yourself if you feel that your rights are being threatened. 

Current Legislation

Learn about current state laws about parenting with a disability and ways you can advocate for yourself and your children in the Current Legislation section. Go to Legislation 

Peer support is crucial. Disabled moms need access to the same supports and connections nondisabled moms have!"

National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities