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:

Job Announcement HR and Finance Position
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:47

Through the Looking Glass seeks a Human Resource Manager and Finance Assistant. TLG is a Berkeley based and internationally recognized program serving children and families with disabilities.

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

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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