Friday, November 30, 2012

Parents with Disabilities: Fighting to Keep Their Kids

Recently, the National Council on Disability issued a 445 page report entitled: "Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children". The report states that 6.1 million children in the U.S. have parents with disabilities. Those parents are far more likely to lose custody of their children than able-bodied parents in the U.S.
The report highlights several parents who have struggled to keep, gain, or re-gain custody of their children solely because of their own disabilities. After the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, many societal changes have occurred that have benefited people with disabilities. However, the belief that people with disabilities cannot properly take care of their children needs to be removed. Hopefully, the report by the National Council on Disability will help bring to light the prejudice that parents with disabilities deal with on a daily basis and be a vehicle for change.

To read more, check out the following link:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501363_162-57555315/disabled-parents-face-bias-loss-of-kids-report/

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