Over the years, TLG has received local, state and federal funding to conduct innovative research projects that address critical gaps in knowledge and resources that impact the daily lives of the families with disabilities.

In December 2011, Through the Looking Glass and its National Center for Parents with Disabilities was awarded a five-year 2.5 million dollar federal grant to conduct research, training and provide consultations and materials regarding families in which an infant, child, parent or grandparent has a disability.

This national project titled “Families with Disabilities through the Life Cycle: Disability Culture Perspectives” is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  In keeping with Through the Looking Glass’ 34 years of groundbreaking research, training and clinical intervention work, project activities will address family members with diverse disabilities and draw from the experiences and perspectives of the Disability and Deaf communities.

Each of these research or development projects target different facets of families with diverse disabilities – from national prevalence and demographics to understanding the perspectives of families at different stages of family formation to discriminatory or uninformed practice. All emphasize the context of the family, all are nonpathological and all have ongoing and strong disability and Deaf community involvement throughout the conceptualization of the research and knowledge translation activities.

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1 Additional Information on the 2012 National Data on Parents with Disabilities and their Children
2 How Many Parents with Disabilities are there in the U.S.?
3 National and state statistics on parents with disabilities
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