In Memory of David Gray
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:46

David Gray and his infant grandchild

We are very sad to report that Dr. David Gray, a good friend of Through the Looking Glass since the 1980’s, died on Feb 13, 2015. He became disabled in 1976 when he was a father of 3 young children. As noted in his obituary in the St. Louis Public Radio, following from that injury Dr. Gray “became a key voice in advocating for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990…and inspired a host of students to become innovative and compassionate health care professionals.” Dr. Gray had an immense impact on the disability movement. He was appointed in 1986, 10 years post injury to head the National Institute on Handicap Research (NIHR), and renamed it the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDDR). He later co-chaired a group that got the World Health Organization to drop the term handicapped. He also was deputy director of the National Institutes of Health, the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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2015 Scholarship Applications Now Available
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 10:13

Through the Looking Glass and its National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families are pleased to announce new scholarships specifically for high school seniors or college students who have parents with disabilities.  A total of fifteen $1000 scholarships will be given out Fall 2015.  These scholarships are part of Through the Looking Glass’ National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families. There are separate eligibility requirements for high school seniors and for college students.

The deadline for all applications is Monday March 23, 2015.  This means that all materials must be postmarked no later than this date.

For complete information, procedures and a 2015 Application Form, click the link below and print out the PDF form: 2015 Through the Looking Glass Scholarship Procedures and Application Form - PDF version

If you prefer a Word document, click this link: 2015 Through the Looking Glass Scholarship Procedures and Application Form - Word version

 
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.

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Congressional Forum on Parents with Disabilities
Monday, 28 July 2014 10:09

On Friday, July 25, 2014, the National Council on Disability (NCD) convened a congressional forum in Washington, D.C. on the status of parents with disabilities and their families.  Among those testifying was Ella Callow, the Legal Program Director at TLG’s National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families.   The forum highlighted what barriers people with disabilities are facing in creating and maintaining strong families.  The forum also sought to establish what policy measures are either underway or are needed to address the persistent barriers experienced by people with disabilities when attempting to exercise their fundamental and cherished right to parent.  You can see more on this on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hashtag/rockingthecradlencd

 
TLG Contributes to New Book on Disabled Mothers
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:16

TLG Staff Ella Callow, Jean Jacob and Paul Preston have contributed two chapters to a newly published book: Disabled Mothers: Stories and Scholarships by and about Mothers with Disabilities. Ella wrote the chapter “Misadventures & Motherhood in the American Courts” based on interviews during her technical assistance to mothers with disabilities involved in child custody situations. Jean and Paul wrote the chapter “Perspectives of their Young Adult Children” which is based on their current 8 year national study of young adults of parents with disabilities.

The book is available from the publisher (Demeter Press) and also through Amazon.com. The book is also available as an e-book. To order, go to Demeter Press’ distribution site: http://brunswickbooks.ca/Disabled-Mothers/ or Amazon’s book site: http://www.amazon.com/books-used-books-textbooks/b?node=283155

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