Through the Looking Glass visits Japan!
Thursday, 25 May 2017 11:21

Multiple trainings of groups from Japan visiting Through the Looking Glass over many years led to requests and sponsorship of Through the Looking Glass’ National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families staff –Drs. Nahoko Nishizawa, Sherrie Hansen and Megan Kirshbaum--to provide training in three regions of Japan from October 27-November 10, 2016: Consultation and five trainings regarding the history of the U.S. independent living movement, adaptations supporting inclusion of children with disabilities in TLG’s Early Head Start program, examples of babycare adaptations for parents with physical or vision disabilities, adapted intervention for parents with intellectual disabilities, including video intervention therapy, as well as infant mental health and family support for whole families with disabilities to almost 600 attendees from the Asahigawa-so system in Okayama, the CSPP/Alliant University Japan psychology graduate program in Tokyo, and the Muginoko community in Sapporo, Japan.  The trip to Japan was the culmination of our National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families’ Japan project.

It was surprising to find out how much impact we’d had over the years, particularly on Muginoko, a large community primarily serving children with disabilities in Sapporo, and Asahigawa-so, an even larger multi-faceted regional system serving all ages of people with disabilities which has traditionally been institutional in focus.  Our influence, as Muginoko and Asahigawa-so leadership explained, has been on regional and national public policy and practice, particularly regarding family support, understanding the importance of having people with disabilities and parents on staff, and understanding how to prepare for independent living.  Megan reports it was especially personally moving to hear how stories, many years ago, about her experience as a mother of a child with a disability had influenced mothers who now are on staff serving the next generation of families in the Muginoko community.  We visited many sites, programs and now have a much better idea of how to be helpful in the future—all three systems plan to keep sending staff to Through the Looking Glass for training.  Follow-up is underway to strengthen linkages between these systems and Japan’s own independent living movement.

Mothers with Physical Disabilities Caring for Young Children
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 14:15

TLG has just had an article published based on our study of mothers with physical disabilities who are caring for their young children. Our research explores how these mothers arranged and cared for their young children – whether alone, with a partner/spouse, with family members, and/or with paid and unpaid assistance.

Mothers with Physical Disabilities Caring for Young Children Jacob, J., Kirshbaum, M., & Preston, P. (2017)

The journal publisher has made a limited number of free ePrints available. Click on one of the links below to get the article:

If you click on one of the links and it says that your only option is to make a payment that means that the available free ePrints have been used.

Baby Care Equipment
Thursday, 28 July 2016 16:22

What can I buy to help me take care of my baby and myself?

This chart was created as guide to what may be purchased and used by parents and caregivers to care for a child from birth to 3 without doing more harm to themselves. We looked for universal design, that is, equipment that can be used by caregivers with or without a disability and across a wide range of disabilities. See chart (PDF)

Most, but not all of the items, have been used by our client families. Items that have not been used but look helpful are included. For example, the Doona Stroller was seen at the ABC Kids Expo (a baby care trade show); it looks good but we did not have the opportunity to place it into a car and therefore cannot comment on how easy or hard this is to do.

Donate to TLG
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 13:54

Donate.  Help TLG provide critically needed services to families with disabilities.

TLG receives new award from the Paralysis Resource Center
Monday, 04 April 2016 14:32

The Paralysis Resource Center announced that Through the Looking Glass was one of 107 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive a grant to Support Quality of Life Initiatives.  The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is administered by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.  These grants provide financial support to fellow nonprofits that mirror the PRC’s mission to foster community engagement, enhance independence and promote self-determination and empowerment.   Awarded twice yearly, grant requests were evaluated and scored based on a rigorous review process to determine funding for organizations that promote the health and well-being for those living with paralysis, as well as their families and caregivers.   To find out more about the Paralysis Resource Center and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, please  go to

TLG’s $25,000 award will support babycare adaptation services for parents and parenting grandparents with paralysis.

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