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).

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.


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 Amazon.com. The book is also available as an e-book. To order, go to Demeter Press’ distribution site: http://brunswickbooks.ca/Disabled-Mothers/ or Amazon’s book site: http://www.amazon.com/books-used-books-textbooks/b?node=283155

Should a Mental Illness Mean You Should Lose Your Kid?
Monday, 02 June 2014 09:21

Pro Publica/The Daily Beast have co-published award winning investigative journalist Seth Freed-Wessler’s comprehensive article “Should a Mental Illness Mean  You Lose Your Kid?” on parents with psychiatric disabilities and the child welfare system. Ella Callow, Through the Looking Glass’ Legal Program Director contributed to this article on parents with psychiatric disabilities and the child welfare system.


Parents with psychiatric disabilities who are experiencing the “predictive neglect” legal concept discussed in the article, can contact Ella Callow at TLG for free technical assistance and referrals.

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