New TLG Paratransit Article
Thursday, 10 September 2015 13:04

TLG staff Jean Jacob, Megan Kirshbaum and Paul Preston’s article “Barriers for Parents with Disabilities Traveling with Children on ADA Complementary Paratransit” has just been published in the Journal of Public Transportation, 18 (3): 124-142.  The article summarizes findings from a TLG research project which surveyed 92 transit agencies from across the U.S.  Results indicate that certain policies make it difficult for parents to use paratransit. Contained in the article are recommendations to make paratransit systems more accessible to parents with disabilities. The article and other journal articles are available for free online at

The Power of Food
Friday, 04 September 2015 08:47

The Power of Food

The parents, staff and educators at Berkeley's Through the Looking Glass Early Head Start Program joined together on a co-learning project.  We chose to focus on nutrition and asked you, the community, what you wanted.

  • Learn about the effects of food on our bodies
  • Find strategies for encouraging healthy eating
  • Find healthy food options for your family
  • Engage your children with food related activities

Here's the link to our site:

Historic Announcement from DOJ and HHS
Monday, 10 August 2015 14:06

Today the U. S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division together with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights and Administration for Children and Families issued joint technical assistance about the applicability of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to the administration of child welfare programs, activities, and services. This technical assistance includes a cover letter to stakeholders and an explanatory document that contains a question and answer section. This technical assistance is intended to help child welfare agencies and family courts understand their obligations under Federal law to ensure that parents and prospective parents with disabilities receive equal treatment and equal access to parenting opportunities. In many ways, this is a culmination of the work TLG has engaged in and promoted for over 30 years.

See the formal announcement:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Rules on Behalf of Parents with Disabilities
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:37

Through the Looking Glass’ National Center on Parents with Disabilities and Their Families is excited to report that for the first time in U.S. history the federal government has recognized in the course of an investigation that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to parents with disabilities involved in cases with state child welfare/dependency systems. The Letter of Findings issued on January 29, 2015 regarding investigation of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Family by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services (DJ No. 204-36-216 and HHS No. 14-182176) found violations under both the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act of mother Sara Gordon’s rights as a person with disabilities to be parent her minor child.

Current Demographics of Parents with Disabilities in the U.S.

How many parents with disabilities are there in the U.S.? Estimates of the numbers of U.S. parents with disabilities vary between 4.1 million to 9 million. The different estimates reflect different national data sources (American Community Survey, the National Health Interview Survey, the Survey of Program Participation) each of which determines and defines disability somewhat differently. Estimates of the number of parents with disabilities also vary according to whether the estimate includes parents whose children do not live with them or children who are 18 years or older. See United States data with State by State and County by County

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