October 26, 1997
Report compiled by Paul Preston, PhD & Margaret Jakobson, Esq
(Through the Looking Glass, 1998) [12 pages]
Seventy-one representatives from 22 states and 11 countries met in Oakland, California on October 26, 1997 to establish the National Task Force on Parents with Disabilities and their Families. An International Division of the Task Force was also created. The National Task Force was convened by Through the Looking Glass (TLG) at the conclusion of the first International Conference on Parents with Disabilities and their Families. Nine additional Task Force members who could not attend this inaugural meeting forwarded their recommendations.
This report was compiled by TLG staff, and is based upon recorded proceedings of Task Force meetings as well as draft versions which were circulated among Task Force members and posted for awhile on TLG's website for comments.
As Task Force members, we represent an interdisciplinary group of mothers, fathers, family members, professionals and advocates from diverse disability communities throughout the United States. The overwhelming majority of this newly created Task Force are parents with disabilities and family members. It is our unwavering demand that our families -- disabled parents and their children -- no longer remain invisible among the nation's families.
Our overall mission is to promote social changes which will improve the lives of parents with disabilities and keep our families together.
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