TLG Services for Parents with Disabilities

TLG provides direct services, information and referral to a diverse group of parents with disabilities and their families. These include parents with physical and visual disabilities, deaf parents, parents with intellectual disabilities, and parents with diverse medical conditions. Direct services are available primarily to local parents residing in the San Francisco Bay Area.  For families outside the Bay Area, TLG offers a number of services through its National Center on Parents with Disabilities and their Families.  Please see a more detailed description of the National Center at The National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families.

Adaptive Equipment

TLG is nationally recognized for designing and fabricating baby care equipment for parents and other caregivers with disabilities, as well as studying the impact of this equipment on parenting. Within the Bay Area, TLG provides adaptive baby care equipment as well as an equipment lending library for parents, expectant parents or parenting grandparents with physical disabilities.

Trainings, Presentations and Workshops
Since 1982, Through the Looking Glass staff has conducted trainings, presentations, and workshops regarding families with disabilities to over 225,000 parents and professionals during local, regional national and international conferences, meetings, and workshops. Please see our Trainings, Presentations and Workshops page for highlights of upcoming as well as previous trainings, presentations and workshops.

Bay Area Parents with Developmental Disabilities / Intellectual Disabilities
Parents with disabilities who are Regional Center clients residing in Alameda or Contra Costa counties can receive individualized home based services during pregnancy and parenting.

Bay Area Parents with Disabilities & Deaf Parents

We provide home-based parent/child intervention, family support, and parenting education for families of parents with physical or visual disabilities, as well as parents with other diverse disabilities or medical issues. We also provide home-based early intervention and family support services for Deaf parents and their hearing infants and young children.

Please also see our Report of the Bay Area Parents with Disabilities and Deaf Parents Task Force.

Bay Area Parent Support Groups
TLG facilitates Bay Area support groups for parents with physical or visual disabilities. These support groups meet regularly and are facilitated by professionals who are also parents with disabilities.

TLG also facilitates a support group for mothers with intellectual disabilities.

Chatterbox is a parent-child interactional therapeutic play/care group designed to give parents the tools to encourage language skills in their children through fun, engaging and interactional activities.  Parents and their young children participate in morning snack, themed circle time with songs, arts & crafts, sensory motor activities, book time, outdoor fun, parent group (kids separate for child focused developmental activities), lunch and closing song.  The group is run by a special educator, speech and occupational therapy consultants and a family clinician all with specialized training and experience working with parents with intellectual disabilities.

Photos: Rene Buchgraber

Additional resources and information regarding Parents with Intellectual Disabilities

For more information contact:

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