Resources for Parents with Disabilities

Resources for Parents with Disabilities

Being a parent is difficult enough on its own! Coordinating with after-school activities, making sure meals are planned and groceries bought for the week, your own work schedule, and time for yourself and your partner all add up to a great deal of activity, and there never seem to be enough hours in the day.

What happens if you’re a parent with a disability? The complex answer is that everything and nothing changes. The fundamental parts of human nature that makes someone capable of being a parent remain the same. What changes are the limitations, perceptions, and interactions with others.

There are a great many misconceptions about people with disabilities becoming parents. In some cases, as with this piece from the CBC from 2012, two parents with more severe disabilities can raise the alarm of Children’s Aid Society. It’s not uncommon for parents with disabilities to be deemed unfit without just cause

It’s important to end this stigma that disabled parents are unfit parents and to help provide support for those who need it. As such we’ve put together some resources for parents with disabilities so that they can rise to every occasion and be there for their children in every way.

Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (C.I.L.T.)

The Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (C.I.L.T.) has an entire section dedicated to resources for parents with disabilities, including a large support network. It is geared toward parents and prospective parents with disabilities who need help, advice, or information. They offer peer support opportunities, one-to-one support opportunities, resources on parenting with a disability, workshops, seminars, as well as research and development on new models of support. They also have a wide range of publications, including the Parenting with a Disability Bulletin, The Parenting Book for Persons with a Disability: From Planning Your Family to Raising Adolescents, and others. They also offer Nurturing Assistance, physical assistance to parents with disabilities.

Canadian Assistive Technology

Canadian Assistive Technology helps provide resources for people living with disabilities around the country. Region by region, province by province, they list resources for people living with disabilities since birth to those struggling with addiction. They also offer information for manufacturers of various different consumer products for those living with disabilities, such as Bones, Aftershokz, and Populas.

Disabled Parenting Project  

The Disabled Parenting Project (or DPP), similarly to C.I.L.T. offers community support networks, advice, and experience sharing for parents with disabilities and those considering becoming parents. They are an interactive space where parents and prospective parents can openly share their stories and discuss their anxieties, ask for advice and express themselves without fear of judgment. They also have a resource library and a marketplace for adaptive parenting equipment.

Canadian Mental Health Association

The Canadian Mental Health Association offers a variety of services and resources for anyone coping with mental illness. Looking out for one’s mental wellbeing is an imperative part of maintaining a healthy life and home.

Wheelchair Accessible Transit Inc.

Getting around as a parent with disabilities, or with children who have disabilities, can be difficult. Thankfully, Wheelchair Accessible Transit Inc. offers precisely what their name suggests, for children and adults alike.

 

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