The Center for Accessible Living is proud to host the webpage of the Kentucky Coalition for the Rights of Parents with Disabilities (CRPD).
CRPD Mission Statement:
The Coalition for the Rights of Parents with Disabilities advocates for legislation and state services that remove all discrimination and barriers to individuals with disabilities exercising their full rights to be parents, regardless of the nature of their disabilities.
CRPD Member Organizations:
CRPD Individual Members:
On May 11, 2017, South Carolina passed legislation protecting the parental rights of persons with disabilities. The “Persons with Disabilities Right to Parent Act” codified best practices for ensuring the protection of the rights of individuals with disabilities. CRPD hopes to use the the South Carolina as a model for similar legislation in Kentucky.
ABLE South Carolina, a Center for Independent Living, was instrumental in getting the legislation passed in that state. More information about their efforts can be found here. As part of implementing the South Carolina law, ABLE developed training for employees of the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS). Below are links to the training modules:
A group in Ohio is currently working with legislators in that state to pass a law to protect the parental rights of persons with disabilities.
The Center, housed at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University, is a research and advocacy project designed to support parents with disabilities.
From the website: “The Disabled Parenting Project (DPP), which is part of the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities, is an online space for sharing experiences, advice, and conversations among disabled parents as well as those considering parenthood. The DPP also serves as an information clearinghouse and interactive space for discussion and connection. The DPP hopes to inform social policy concerning this underserved population through the development of scholarly research, fact sheets, and training resources, as created by and for the community, and will set the stage for additional research and social action to address the important issues of discrimination and disparities.”
From the website: “Protecting the Rights of Parents and Prospective Parents with Disabilities: Technical Assistance for State and Local Child Welfare Agencies and Courts under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.”
Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children is a 2012 Report of the National Council on Disability.
Resources from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation including a downloadable copy of the Foundation’s “Know Your Rights” toolkit for parents living with disabilities.
Resources from the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion:
“A Celebration of Family: Stories of Parents with Disabilities”
In July of 2021, the Advocado Press and the Center for Accessible Living published “A Celebration of Family: Stories of Parents with Disabilities.” The book contains the stories
of thirty families in which one or both parents have disabilities: physical, mental, sensory, and/or intellectual. More information about the book can be found at: