DisBeat Honors Millions of Parents with Disabilities

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DisBeat Honors Millions of Parents with Disabilities

As the nation prepares to celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day over the next two months, DisBeat announces a call to action to honor parents with disabilities as well. Building on the awareness generated by the National Council on Disability’s report, Rocking The Cradle: Ensuring The Rights Of Parents With Disabilities And Their Children DisBeat seeks to elevate national awareness that will shine a light on the policy barriers, negative attitudes, diminished expectations, and home lives that American parents with disabilities (and their children) face every day. 
Carrie Ann Lucas and her daughters Asiza and Adrianne, in front of the  ROAD TO FREEDOM BUS celebrating ADA25 last year.

As the nation prepares to celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day over the next two months, DisBeat announces a call to action to honor parents with disabilities as well. Building on the awareness generated by the National Council on Disability’s report, Rocking The Cradle: Ensuring The Rights Of Parents With Disabilities And Their ChildrenDisBeat seeks to elevate national awareness to shine a light on the policy barriers, negative attitudes, diminished expectations, and home lives that American parents with disabilities (and their children) face every day.   

DisBeat is proud to align with the following events and initiatives. These events are exciting opportunities for our nation to celebrate, engage and share the experience of parenting with disabilities, and bring forth concepts of reform and assistance for American families.

 

Tuesday May 3: 

1) Disabled Parenting Project (DPP) Celebrates Mother's With Disabilities. A live Twitter chat Tuesday, May 3rd at 2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PDT https://twitter.com/disparenting

DPP will host a similar Father’s Day Twitter chat so check its Facebook page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/disabledparentingproject/?fref=ts

2) Rooted in Rights will release its newest video, entitled: A Mother's Day Message from Emily and Ellen Ladau: https://www.facebook.com/rootedinrights/videos/1029426833812939/

 

Thursday, May 5: 

1) White House Forum on Civil Rights of Parents with Disabilities. Disabled Parent Right's Executive Director, Carrie Ann Lucas, and Disabled Parenting Project’s Team Leader and Co-Researcher Robyn Powell and Parent Advisor and Co-Researcher, Kara Ayers, PhD; plus other diverse leaders in the movement of parents with disabilities will present at this White House Forum to help promote the rights of disabled parents such as Morenike  Giwa-Onaiwu, Autism Women’s Network; Kelly Buckland, Executive Director of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL); Ella Callow, Managing Attorney for the Legal Program and Custody Advisor for the National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities, Through the Looking Glass; Rabia Belt, Assistant Professor of Law at Stanford University; and Mike Bullis, Executive Director of the IMAGE Center of Maryland. 

Disabled parents are vastly disproportionately represented in child protection cases nationwide, with the poorest outcomes because agencies continually refuse to accommodate disabilities, do not offer services appropriate for a parent with a disability, and impose discriminatory attitudes toward disabled parents. No child should have their civil rights violated by having their families broken up due to discrimination against a disabled parent. For more information visit DPR at https://www.facebook.com/disabledparentsrights/?fref=nf or http://www.disabledparentrights.org for a captioned live stream link to this event.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMNU2mD-25w

2) Parenting with a Disability: Know Your Rights Toolkit. Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and National Council on Disabilities (an independent federal agency making policy recommendations to the President, Congress and other federal agencies), author of Rocking The Cradle: Ensuring The Rights Of Parents With Disabilities And Their Children, will issue a valuable toolkit for parents with disabilities. Check out: www.christopherreeve.org

 

Tuesday, May 10:

3) Tuesday with Liz Interview with Robyn Powell on Parenting with a Disability. Check out https://www.aucd.org/template/page.cfm?id=967

 

Monday, June 20: 

Supporting Parents With Disabilities Through the Looking Glass (TLG) staff will conduct two all-day trainings in Enid, OK. Supporting Parents with Disabilities is designed for a wide variety of attendees including: self-advocates; parent educators; Head Start, early intervention and early childhood staff; independent living staff; family court and legal service staff; Native community members; and healthcare and behavioral health care providers. The other training is specifically designed for Occupational Therapists and OT interns: Using Adaptive Baby Care Equipment to Support Parents with Disabilities.

Supporting Parents with Disabilities https://www.www.eventbrite.com/e/supporting-parents-with-disabilities-registration-21497918854?aff=efbnreg

Using Adaptive Baby Care Equipment to Support Parents with Disabilities:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/utilzing-adaptive-baby-care-equipment-to-support-parents-with-disabilities-tickets-21498587855?aff=ebrowse21497918854?aff=efbnreg

 

Resources

National Council on Independent Living: Preserve Our Families: http://www.preserveourfamilies.com

National Council on Disability (NCD) Report: Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Childrenhttps://www.ncd.gov/publications/2012/Sep272012