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Parenting & Disability 
June 2018
Parents with Disabilities: Where are we?

 Despite the fact that “the right to parent without interference is protected by the U.S. Constitution and balanced by the judicially recognized power of the state to interfere to protect the well-being of its children,” (National Council on Disability, 2012, p. 13) parents with disabilities face undue discrimination at every turn; whether they be biological parents fighting to keep their children, or prospective adoptive parents, rejected by adoption agencies because of a disability, parents with disabilities are having to prove that disability alone is not an indicator of ability to parent.

You may be wondering, how many people does this really affect though? How many parents in the U.S. actually have a disability? ... [In the U.S.] 
4.1 million parents with disabilities (6.2% of U.S. parents with minor children). READ MORE >>
Parents with Disabilities Stat Video
Call Pathfinder 
By Karen Mevis

CALLER: Hello. I recently helped my cousin move to Clarksville to live with me. She’s pregnant. She receives SSI and she has an intellectual disability. I am her conservator and I am looking for parenting classes or any supports for her. Is there such a thing?

While supports and services for parents with disabilities can be hard to find, I found a Tennessee Department of Health funded program that may be just what she needs. It is called the Evidence Based Home Visiting Program (EBHV), and it is found in 51 Tennessee counties, including Montgomery. READ MORE>>
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Through The Looking Glass
'It Was Like My Disability Became a Gift'
By James Estrin via The New York Times


Adhiambo Mitchell lost both his legs in a car accident on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn almost 10 years ago. Nolan Ryan Trowe was partly paralyzed while cliff diving in Northern California in 2016. When they met last year, they bonded over a shared attitude toward their disabilities . . . 

Mr. Mitchell, 42, works as a taxi dispatcher, is a student at DeVry University and uses prosthetics or a wheelchair to get around. He is also a single father of three boys and lives in an East Harlem housing project. Mr. Trowe, 24, grew up mostly in Southern California and is a graduate student in sociology at New York University, where he is also taking a photography class. He walks with two canes. READ MORE >>

This project is partially funded under grant contracts with the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

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