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ERIC Number: ED355734
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Parenting with a Disability.
Brock, Holly
PAM Repeater, n77 Jan 1993
This guide discusses how adjusting to parenthood for some persons with physical disabilities requires additional accommodations. Changes in lifestyle, environmental adaptations and assistive technology may be necessary to make independent child care possible. Project Innovative Parenting (PIP) was developed with the purpose to empower developmentally disabled persons with the appropriate skills and resources to achieve their maximum potential as parents. This publication shares some information collected at the PAM Centre regarding parenting with a handicap. It presents descriptions of over 30 baby and child products that have been found to be useful by individuals with physical disabilities in fulfilling their parental responsibilities. Products include such items as the Squeeze Feeder, water thermometers, Sit 'N Secure, and a swivel bath seat. A chart indicates which companies make the products available, and company addresses and telephone numbers are provided. Child-rearing suggestions are then offered, based on the personal experiences of parents with disabilities. The suggestions focus on transporting young children around and outside the home, organizing baby items, and using commonly available consumer products in creative ways. A bibliography lists 14 publications, 21 articles, 7 pamphlets, and 4 newsletters. Other parenting resources dealing with adapted furniture, respite care, and family growth are also described. (JDD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: PAM Assistance Centre, Lansing, MI.