2015 Scholarship Applications Now Available
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 10:13

Through the Looking Glass and its National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families are pleased to announce new scholarships specifically for high school seniors or college students who have parents with disabilities.  A total of fifteen $1000 scholarships will be given out Fall 2015.  These scholarships are part of Through the Looking Glass’ National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families. There are separate eligibility requirements for high school seniors and for college students.

The deadline for all applications is Monday March 23, 2015.  This means that all materials must be postmarked no later than this date.

For complete information, procedures and a 2015 Application Form, click the link below and print out the PDF form: 2015 Through the Looking Glass Scholarship Procedures and Application Form - PDF version

If you prefer a Word document, click this link: 2015 Through the Looking Glass Scholarship Procedures and Application Form - Word version

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:


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

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

National Report on Parents with Disabilities

TLG contributes to national report that includes real life stories of parents with disabilities

TLG and its National Center on Parents with Disabilities and their Families substantially contributed to the National Council on Disability's groundbreaking policy study “Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children. ” The report was submitted to President Obama and Congress. This study is infused with real life stories of parents with disabilities to provide a comprehensive overview of factors that support and obstruct Americans with all kinds of disabilities from exercising their fundamental right to begin and maintain families.

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