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Disabled Parenting, Parenting with a Disability and Just Plain Ole’ Parenting

Being a mom is at the core of who I am.

As a mom with disabilities, my path through motherhood has been full of learning curves: learning curves that deal with my own disabilities and learning curves that deal with my kid’s disabilities (that are different from my own).

I’ve always been eager to connect with other moms across the disability spectrum. Sure, I know dads count too – but my interest is primarily in connecting with other moms.

I started to write something along the lines of how us moms grow our babies in our bodies, and how our bodies are fundamentally affected by being a mother… but then I thought of disabled moms that I know who adopted, and changed my line of writing. Because they count too.

I guess it’s not just about growing a baby yourself: it’s about all the things that wrap us up in being a mother: what we faced along the way. Our hopes and dreams. Accommodations, figuring stuff out. The prejudice we have dealt with and continue to deal with. The fear that all of us seem to have of having our kids taken from us. These are things that us moms in the disability community face over and over again, and it’s what makes me feel so connected to my sisters across the disability spectrum who are mothers, biological or otherwise.

Disabled Moms Interview Project

I used Mother’s Day as an excuse to ask for interviews with other disabled moms. I’d love to keep interviews going with moms, and see how we can talk more about all of the pieces of our lives, flesh them out, make known our truths.

If you are a disabled mom, please connect with me to share your story.

The posts below are a combination of posts from the Disabled Moms Project, and my own blog posts about parenting

Learning to Run

Learning to parent a child with a disability is a lot like learning to run – you learn to breathe, pace yourself, push on. And it’s not a race, it’s a relay

“Why Bother?” She Asked

“Our lives begin to end the day we are silent about things that matter,” said Martin Luther King, Jr. This is a personal essay on how this can apply in life

Disabled Moms Interview Project: DeafBlind Mom Lisa Ferris

Disabled Moms Interview Project featuring DeafBlind mom, Lisa Ferris

Disabled Moms Interview Project: Featuring Lorna Duff-Howie

Disabled Moms Interview Project, featuring Lorna Howie-Duff

Why I’m Glad the Doctor Told Me to Abort My Baby with Down Syndrome

Coming to terms with internalized ableism, as a parent with a disability, having a child with a disability

The Impact of Disability on Siblings : The Story of Dana and Meriah

A personal story about the impact of disability on siblings

Let Down Syndrome Define You: A Letter to My Daughter

A Letter to My Daughter in which I hope that she will allow Down syndrome to define her, and be proud of all that she is

Tell Me Why

About fear, accountability and love

Why Frida Kahlo Remains Relevant

About disability pride, overexposure, and the brilliance of Frida Kahlo, as seen in a visit to her home in Mexico City

Disability: Connections, Comforts & Judy Heumann

On my own journey in growing disability pride and overcoming ableism

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