2015 Scholarship Application is now Closed

The deadline for the 2015 Scholarships for Students who have a Parent with a Disability has passed. We are no longer accepting scholarship applications for the 2015 Scholarships. If you have already submitted an application, please be sure that you also emailed your essay to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The 2015 Scholarship Awards will be announced around November 1, 2015.

We expect to offer new college scholarships in 2016.  Check back on our website after January 1, 2016 for complete information and a new application form.

In Memory of David Gray
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:46

David Gray and his infant grandchild

We are very sad to report that Dr. David Gray, a good friend of Through the Looking Glass since the 1980’s, died on Feb 13, 2015. He became disabled in 1976 when he was a father of 3 young children. As noted in his obituary in the St. Louis Public Radio, following from that injury Dr. Gray “became a key voice in advocating for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990…and inspired a host of students to become innovative and compassionate health care professionals.” Dr. Gray had an immense impact on the disability movement. He was appointed in 1986, 10 years post injury to head the National Institute on Handicap Research (NIHR), and renamed it the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDDR). He later co-chaired a group that got the World Health Organization to drop the term handicapped. He also was deputy director of the National Institutes of Health, the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

U.S. Dept. of Justice Rules on Behalf of Parents with Disabilities
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:37

Through the Looking Glass’ National Center on Parents with Disabilities and Their Families is excited to report that for the first time in U.S. history the federal government has recognized in the course of an investigation that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to parents with disabilities involved in cases with state child welfare/dependency systems. The Letter of Findings issued on January 29, 2015 regarding investigation of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Family by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services (DJ No. 204-36-216 and HHS No. 14-182176) found violations under both the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act of mother Sara Gordon’s rights as a person with disabilities to be parent her minor child.

Current Demographics of Parents with Disabilities in the U.S.

How many parents with disabilities are there in the U.S.? Estimates of the numbers of U.S. parents with disabilities vary between 4.1 million to 9 million. The different estimates reflect different national data sources (American Community Survey, the National Health Interview Survey, the Survey of Program Participation) each of which determines and defines disability somewhat differently. Estimates of the number of parents with disabilities also vary according to whether the estimate includes parents whose children do not live with them or children who are 18 years or older. See United States data with State by State and County by County

TLG Contributes to New Book on Disabled Mothers
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:16

TLG Staff Ella Callow, Jean Jacob and Paul Preston have contributed two chapters to a newly published book: Disabled Mothers: Stories and Scholarships by and about Mothers with Disabilities. Ella wrote the chapter “Misadventures & Motherhood in the American Courts” based on interviews during her technical assistance to mothers with disabilities involved in child custody situations. Jean and Paul wrote the chapter “Perspectives of their Young Adult Children” which is based on their current 8 year national study of young adults of parents with disabilities.

The book is available from the publisher (Demeter Press) and also through The book is also available as an e-book. To order, go to Demeter Press’ distribution site: or Amazon’s book site:

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