Judy Heumann Visits TLG
Monday, 08 December 2014 15:19

While at the Ed Roberts Campus to receive an award, Judy Heumann took time out to visit Through the Looking Glass.  The photo show Judy and some of the children from our Early Head Start program which was designed for “universal access.”

The Rotary Club of Berkeley, California awarded its 2014 Rotary Peace Grove Awards Ceremony to Judy and also the late Ed Roberts, both leaders of the civil rights movement for people with disabilities.   Each year, the club honors an individual or group that has made a significant contribution toward world peace in their lifetime.

Ms. Heumann has been a lifelong civil rights advocate for people with disabilities.  She served in the Clinton Administration as Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, U.S. Department of Education.   Judy currently serves as Special Advisor on Disability Rights for the U.S. State Department under President Barack Obama.  To read more about her life and accomplishments, please see:

http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Heumann

 
Mothering while Disabled
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 14:03

TLG was featured in a recent article in the American Sociological Association's journal "Contexts."  The article "Mothering while Disabled" was written by Angela Frederick, Assistant Professor in Anthropology and Sociology at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennesee.  She argues the legacy of the Eugenics movement persists today. She explores how mothers with disabilities continue to face pervasive threats to their right to parent. To read the article, click on the following link:

http://contexts.org/articles/fall-2014/mothering-while-disabled/

 
2014 National Scholarship Winners Announced
Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

2014 Students of Parents with Disabilities Scholarship Winners Announced

The National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families at Through the Looking Glass announces the winners of its 2014 College Scholarships for Students of Parents with Disabilities. Funding was only available for sixteen scholarships, yet nearly 700 students from across the U.S. applied for these scholarships. Each award is a $1,000 college scholarship for an outstanding high school senior or college student who has at least one parent with a disability.

Scholarship winners include those whose mother or father has a disability as well as those families in which both parents have disabilities. Scholarships have been awarded to the following students: Raven Bronson (hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL; attending University of Central Florida); Katherine Clark (Newtown, CT; University of New England); Rachel Ferguson (Pineland, TX; East Texas Baptist University); Maria Granados (Grand Prairie, TX; Texas Tech University); Kessa Kelly (Surprise, AZ; Arizona State University); Sophia Kiselova (Worthington, OH; Ohio State University); Danielle Klimecko (Niagra Falls, NY; Niagra University); Devon Matthias (Greenfield, WI; University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee); Amanda Morris (Farmington, CT; New York University); Rachel Olsson (Golden, CO; Arizona State University); Nailah Phillips (Leesburg, VA; McDaniel College, Westminster MD); Amber Rumbolo (St. Peters, MO; University of Missouri – Columbia); Nils Skudra (Albany, CA; University of California - Berkeley); Paige Taylor (Omaha, NE; Iowa State University); Heather Walker (Mentor, OH; Clemson University); and, Claire Wisniewski (Madison, WI; Knox College, Galesburg IL).

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Congressional Forum on Parents with Disabilities
Monday, 28 July 2014 10:09

On Friday, July 25, 2014, the National Council on Disability (NCD) convened a congressional forum in Washington, D.C. on the status of parents with disabilities and their families.  Among those testifying was Ella Callow, the Legal Program Director at TLG’s National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families.   The forum highlighted what barriers people with disabilities are facing in creating and maintaining strong families.  The forum also sought to establish what policy measures are either underway or are needed to address the persistent barriers experienced by people with disabilities when attempting to exercise their fundamental and cherished right to parent.  You can see more on this on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hashtag/rockingthecradlencd

 
Looking for Feedback on Baby Care Equipment
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 09:37

Are you a parent or grandparent with a disability?  Through the Looking Glass would like to get your opinion on any commercially available equipment you're using or have used in the past that helped you care for your baby or young child.  Examples include strollers, front carriers, car seats, high chairs, bassinets, cribs, etc.  We are especially interested in finding out about equipment that was helpful for baby care because of your disability or medical condition.  

This is a very brief online survey -- only 10 questions.  The feedback survey is anonymous, but you can leave your name and contact information if you’d like to.  We will use the feedback we receive to develop suggestions for parents and grandparents who are trying to decide which babycare equipment to get. Please go to the following link to take the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HW8VLVQ

 
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