I used to think being a parent with a physical disability was lonely, but then I learned these statistics
Current research reveals that there are 4.1 million parents with disabilities in the United States, roughly 6.2 percent of all American parents with children under the age of 18. The rates are even higher for some subgroups of this population. For example, 13.9 percent of American Indian/Alaska Native parents and 8.8 percent of African American parents have a disability. Further, 6 percent of white, 5.5 percent of Latino/Hispanic, and 3.3 percent of Asian/Pacific Islander parents have a disability. Of the parents with disabilities, 2.8 percent have a mobility disability, 2.3 percent have a cognitive disability, 2.3 percent have a daily activity limitation, 1.4 percent have a hearing disability, and 1.2 percent have a vision disability. Because of the paucity of data and research on the prevalence of parents with disabilities, these statistics likely underestimate the number of parents with disabilities significantly. (Rocking the Cradle,2017).
Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children. (2017, November 20). Retrieved from https://www.ncd.gov/publications/2012/Sep272012
This was reassuring, because it provided me the knowledge to know I am not the only one. I stand for the many parents in America that have to think outside the box daily to ensure success for my child and family unit.
Discussing how to protect rights legally and the services states offer can be found on this attached link: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/service-array/services-to-children-and-youth-with-disabilities/youth/disabilities/
I know it hasn’t been easy being a mother of two and trying to keep up with medical obligations, but there is help, and just know your loved. If you need to reach out please email me or Call the National parent hotline at PARENT (1-855-427-2736