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Bigger than the sky: disabled women on parenting

WATES Michele, JADE Rowen
Women's Press
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This anthology challenges rigid, limiting views of what it means to be a disabled woman, and of what a parent is and does. Disabled women describe having to fight for the right to become pregnant, the pleasure of teaching children the benefits of having a "different" mother; and the delight of involving themselves in a child's life. Whether it be a birth mother, an adoptive parent, a godparent, a friend, or a woman who has made a positive choice not to become a parent, these disabled women are asserting their right to explore the diversity of experience.

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Supporting disabled adults in their parenting role

WATES Michele
Joseph Rowntree Foundation,|York Publishing Services
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The Social Services inspectorate report "A jigsaw of services" made the point that the parenting support needs of disabled adults frequently fall between adult community care provision and children's services. Michele Wates carried out a survey to find out whether social services departments have policies/protocols in relation to providing services to parents with physical and sensory impairments and/or learning difficulties and, if so, how effective these are likely to be in meeting the needs of families. An analysis of the responses from 125 social services departments and of 31 policies/protocols provides the basis for these findings.

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