Spring 2012: Legal Progam News

2012 is off like a shot for the Legal Program at The National Center!

• Policy and Research: On the national front, Legal Program Director Ella Callow, and Through the Looking Glass E.D. Dr. Megan Kirshbaum, are collaborating with the National Council on Disability to publish a policy paper on parents with disabilities. Internationally, Callow is collaborating with colleagues in the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability- Special Interest Group on Parenting- on a paper that will provide a State of the Nations regarding the current status of parents with Intellectual Disabilities. TLG’s National Center research will figure prominently in both pieces.

• Academia: The Texas Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is publishing an article by Callow, NCIL ED Kelly Buckland, and Kansas SILCK ED Shannon Jones, on the topic of parents with disabilities involved in child custody/child welfare cases. She is also presenting on the intersection of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Indian Child Welfare Act at the 2012 UC Berkeley Disability Rights Symposium.

• New Media: The Legal Program has passed 100 followers on Twitter. Sign up to receive national and international tweets concerning parents with disabilities and legal and policy stories around disability generally (@PWDLegal). The new Legal Program website launched in November 2011 and has greatly increased contacts to the program for technical assistance in individual cases. In the last six week period we have received 15 inquiries for legal assistance, many of which located us via the website! Go to the website to read Callow’s article on a family law custody case involving parental disability. Titled “The Battle for the Rattle: A Soldier Mom’s Story,” the piece was co-authored with the subject parent, Kaney O’Neil.

• Old Media: A piece by Callow entitled “Disabled Mother: Misadventures & Motherhood in the American Courts” has been accepted by Demeter Press for publishing consideration in an upcoming anthology on mothering and disability.

• Training: Callow has been invited by the Nebraska Court Improvement Project to present at the statewide 2012 Children's Summit. She will present on the barriers and solutions to effectively representing parents with Intellectual Disability in child custody and child welfare cases.

Read more on TLG's Legal Program Website