There are more than 4 million U.S. parents with disabilities with children under age 18, and several million more parents with disabilities who have adult children. In 1998, TLG became the first National Center for Parents with Disabilities, initially funded under a three-year grant from the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), U.S. Department of Education. Since that time, TLG has received additional funding from NIDRR as well as other sources to continue our national work concerning parents with disabilities and their families.
TLG's National Center continues TLG's overall mission of empowering parents and potential parents with disabilities by disseminating disability-appropriate information regarding parenting to parents, disability advocates, and legal, medical, intervention and social services providers. The National Center's overall goal is to increase information and support more disability-appropriate resources for parents with disabilities and their children throughout the U.S.
In addition to ongoing Research and Development projects concerning parents with disabilities and their children, our National Center offers consultations, trainings and publications to parents, family members and professionals. Most of these services are free, including consultations by phone or email as well as publications via mail, email or our website.
TLG’s National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Children is staffed by nationally recognized experts regarding parents with disabilities, most of whom have personal or family experience with disability or deafness. The National Center builds upon TLG’s nationally and internationally recognized expertise and leadership in working with parents with disabilities, their families, and their providers -- 33 years of groundbreaking research, services, training, and resource development.
TLG has been serving ethnically diverse families in which parents have all categories of disability: physical, vision, cognitive/learning, medical, psychiatric, as well as deafness. TLG is a disability culture and Deaf culture-based agency which is part of the independent living movement. Its staff has trained more than 225,000 professionals regarding parents with disabilities and deaf parents, from all U.S. states and 50 countries. Since 1993 TLG has provided technical assistance to over 50,000 parents with disabilities, family members, and professionals.
In recent years TLG has provided custody technical assistance to over 1,000 contacts annually. Its expertise has contributed to the passage of legislation in three states to decrease discrimination against parents with disabilities.