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Lurie Institute launches the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities

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In recent decades, people with disabilities have become increasingly integrated into mainstream employment, education, housing and public life in the United States. Among them, a growing number are choosing to become parents, and they encounter a lack of support and increased discrimination when they do so. 

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management has identified a scarcity of information about parenting with a disability, both for parents themselves and for advocates, policymakers, health care professionals, family members, legal professionals, child welfare workers, and social workers. 

In response to this critical information gap, Lurie Institute Interim Director Monika Mitra and a team of researchers launched a web-based resource hub called the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities. This website is the product of a five-year grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, and its huge coalition of collaborators includes an advisory board of parents with disabilities, research partners at eight universities and dissemination partners at 15 national advocacy and professional organizations. 

Read more about the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities.

Categories: Campus News
Date: September 25, 2017