Father’s Day is right around the corner. To celebrate all fathers, grandfathers, fathers with disabilities, and fathers of children with disabilities, we are sharing resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere!
Fathers with Disabilities:
- The Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families project provides information, research, and advice for people with disabilities who are parents or would like to become parents. Information is divided into three sections: Parenting Know-How, which provides information sheets and how-to videos on parenting with a disabilities, including advice for parents with specific disabilities and finding adaptive equipment; Research and Information provides information about the life circumstances, health, and well-being of parents with disabilities; and the Knowing Your Rights offers resources to help fathers and other parents find out what their rights in their state and how they can advocate for themselves. This information, research and advice is also available in Spanish.
- AbleData has created several guides for parents with disabilities such as Adaptive Strollers for Parents Who Use Wheelchairs and AT for Parenting with a Disability. In addition, take a look at their collection of publications for more information on assistive technology that may be helpful for parents with disabilities or parents of children with disabilities.
- The Model System Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) provides a video on Parenting after Traumatic Brain Injury in the Family, as part of their Hot Topic Series, which discusses changes in a family’s relationships after the father experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
- Take a look at these research and consumer publications from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on parenting with a disability available from our collection.
Fathers of children and adolescents with disabilities:
- The MSKTC has a factsheet on helping your child recover and build their resilience after a burn injury. This factsheet discusses what to expect after the burn injury and common behavior changes in children with burn injuries; defines acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder; provides information and advice on what parents can do to help their children after the burn injury and how to build resiliency in their children; and provides resources that parents can utilize to help their children. This factsheet is available in English and Spanish.
- The Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) has published a tip sheet for parents and friends of young people experiencing psychosis that defines psychosis; provides tips and information on how to support and communicate with a person experiencing psychosis; discusses how to help the person reconnect to their strengths and interest and more.
- Take a look at these research and consumer publications from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on parenting children with disabilities available from our collection.
Research In Focus:
If you would like to take get more reader-friendly information on the research on parenting with disabilities or parenting children with disabilities, take a look through our Research In Focus series. Here are a few examples:
- Parents Taking Action: A New Program to Empower Latinx Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders looks at a study that tested Parents Taking Action (PTA): A Parent Training Intervention for Latino Immigrant Families, an innovative program designed to educate Latinx parents about autism spectrum disorders and strategies for supporting their children.
- Parents with Serious Mental Illnesses May Face More Scrutiny from Child Protective Services looks at research from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Integration and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities on the frequency of Child Protective Services being involved with parents with and without serious mental illness.
- Young Adult Children of Parents with Disabilities Can Experience High Self-Esteem and Positive Childhoods discusses a study from the National Center for Parents with Disabilities that asked young adult children of parents with disabilities about their experiences growing up with a parent with a disability.
If you would like more resources, please visit our Disability Resources Section on Families, which lists agencies, organizations, and websites that assist parents with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities. Or you can contact our information specialists who will assist you in finding resources in your area and to refine your searches in our databases.