Disabled Parents

There is lots of support for disabled parents these links should help with planning and organising. Helping you find strategies and solutions to disability related obstacles and the chance to learn and gain insight and inspiration from others. Also look through the Disability blogs as some are parents with disabilities.

Disabled Parent https://www.disabledparent.org.uk/ Offers practical information and support includes the ability to search by type of disability issue and age stage of baby/child for disabled parents again UK based part of Disabled Pregnancy and Parenthood International The website has lots of online publications to help with disability and parentingsuch as guides to parenting and pregnancy if you have a physical disability, if you are in a wheelchair, if you have a visual impairment, if you are deaf, if you are supporting learning disabilities. It also has guides on topics like bathing a baby and selecting a cot . The publications can be downloaded from the website as pdf for £6 each.  https://www.disabledparent.org.uk/publications  

Best Beginnings https://www.bestbeginnings.org.uk/parents-with-disabilities a website that includes information specifically for disabled parents in the UK. They have a easy to use app for parenting the first 6 months to a year, with 300 video clips to help parenting, help with appointments, diary, goal setting. Very easy information useful for everyone including learning disabilities and everyone developed by professionals https://youtu.be/1DuIk_3gras  

Oxford Centre for Enablement offers specialist disability support focused on disability and rehabilitation including help for pregnant and disabled parents and you can get a referral form your GP covers OxfordshireBuckinghamshireBerkshireHampshire, Isle of Wight and Dorset hey have an information leaflet here https://www.ouh.nhs.uk/patient-guide/leaflets/files/33109baby.pdf

Disabled Positive Parent blog:They review High street products that help when you have a disability such as cots, walking wings, bath and changing and more, useful looks at products and concerns parents who have physical disabilities may have. A UK based blog.


The MobilityResourceTiffany Carlson, the SCI Life columnist for New Mobility magazine, provide a list of useful products to help parents with disabilities https://www.themobilityresource.com/blog/post/10-amazing-products-for-parents-with-disabilities/

Remap provided specialised tailor-made equipment to solve disability practical issues to enable independence and participation. They can make disability solutions to help disabled parents www.remap.org.uk In this short clip from Remap Bucks they show how they custom made a wheelchair tailor transporter for twins  

Demand A charity that will provide free tailed equipment to solve practical problems resulting from disability when a solution is hard to find see www.demand.org.uk

Designability is a charity made up of engineers and product designers to help people with disabilities find a product solution to a day to day problem.The individual identifies the problem they research and make a solution to increase independence and this could like with Remap and Demand be a parenting product issue https://designability.org.uk/about-us/our-mission/

BBC radio 4 Assisted Contraception and Disability Inside the ethics committee https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b037vb3f A programme that discusses ethical issues and welfare of the Child when there are complex issues such as disability/ mental health etc In this episode Rosemary who is 36 and has Ehlers Donlos syndrome a connective tissue physical disability that means she uses a wheelchair, she also has spine and breathing issues and a mental health history. She is in a new relationship but wants IVF now... 

Family Action provide lots of family and parenting support, advice, grants, early years, children and family help including counselling and wellbeing support and do also work with parents that have disabilities www.family-action.co.uk

Scope’s Disabled Parents blog https://blog.scope.org.uk/tag/disabled-parent/

Disabled Parents Net Lots of information for parents with disabilities  http://www.disabledparents.net/

Attitude Live is a huge database of videos about living with different disabilities or chronic conditions focused on showing how to be independent they have a parenting and fertility page to help those with disabilities looking to be or already parents and look for ideas   https://attitudelive.com/how-to/parenting-fertility/

Deaf Parenting website for deaf parents UK http://www.deafparent.org.uk/ 

 A US Site called the Disabled Parenting project that is part of the National Research Centre  for parents with disabilities it includes parents with lots of different types of disabilities and also covers adopting when you have a disability https://www.disabledparenting.com/

Able Thrive the American site has a large area on different aspects of pregnancy and parenting with a disability https://ablethrive.com/parenting 

Gingerbread is the UK charity for single parent families and has a section of single parent's who have a disability. The information includes parenting with a disability, emotional support, your rights, benefits, independent living covering topics like social care and direct payments, an online forum, blogs and details of friendship groups https://www.gingerbread.org.uk/information/disabled-single-parents/   

Grants for Disabled parents https://www.disability-grants.org/grants-for-disabled-parents.html

Sure Start Maternity Grant Some people on a low income who claim certain benefits such as Working Tax Credit with a disability element, Child tax Credit, Universal Credit, Income based job seekers  allowance, Income Support Employment and Support Allowance,Pension Credit all qualify for a Sure Start Maternity Grant towards the end of their pregnancy or when they have a newborn. This is to help with parenting costs and equipment and is a grant you do not have to pay back worth £500 https://www.gov.uk/sure-start-maternity-grant

Royal College of Nursing Pregnancy and Disability aimed at Nurses and Midwifes as well as other professionals but has lots of really useful real life case studies of different disabilities, lots of good practice examples and strategies. It also discusses important areas like adult social care referrals https://www.choiceforum.org

Working together with parents network Bristol  University for people with learning disabilities http://www.bristol.ac.uk/sps/wtpn/working with professionals working with people with learning difficulties

Easy Read Pregnancy and Newborn baby NHS Wales leaflets includes understanding ultra sounds, screening for different conditions like Down’s Syndrome, understanding breastfeeding and baby hearing tests https://www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/easyreads/articlelist/Pregnancy%20and%20Newborns

Health Talk Learning disability and pregnancy lived experience easy read http://www.healthtalk.org/peoples-experiences/pregnancy-children/pregnancy/learning-disability-and-pregnancy-easy-read

Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Easy Read Sterilising baby equipment easy readhttps://publicdocuments.sth.nhs.uk/pil3184.pdf

Easy read NHS guide on understanding the role of Health Visitorswho provide support from the end of pregnancy until five years old to help you with your baby’s and child’s wellbeing and health https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/CNWL_Hillingdon_Health_Visiting_leaflet_easy_read.pdf

Leicester University and Joseph Roundtree Foundation project research best practices in supporting Disabled parents http://www.familyandparenting.org

RNIB resources for Blind and partially sighted parents https://www.rnib.org.uk/information-everyday-living-family-friends-and-carers/resources-blind-or-partially-sighted-parents

Blind Motherhood is a blog and online resource created by Holly a blind mother and social worker from New York. She has lots of resources and they are not just about parenting many are about life blind.  https://blindmotherhood.com/the-mission/

Blind Mum’s Connect is a organisation and support group for blind and partially sighted Mum’s they have meet ups in person throughout the UK and also Skye meet ups   http://www.blindmumsconnect.org.uk/about-us/ 

Access to books offers brail  and large print books including early years books http://access2books.com/early-learning-braille-14/

Change parenting projects for people with learning disabilities easy read parenting books https://www.changepeople.org/our-work/parenting-projects

Netmums forum for Mum’s who have a disability to discuss issues, the site is there to help parents and parents to be https://www.netmums.com/coffeehouse/special-needs-disabilities-1194/parents-disabilities-779/

Raising Children.net Australian parenting site with lots of parenting videos for all and personal experiences also has lots of Parenting in pictures guides with step by step pictures for everyday parenting tasks covers pregnancy to teenage years. Recommend by Social Workers https://raisingchildren.net.au/babies/parenting-in-pictures 

Wheelie Momma is a blog and website by Sarah Griffiths who has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair. Sarah is a blogger, writer, coach and motivational speaker. She blogs about parenting in a wheelchair and has written a young children's story related to being a disabled parent called 'My Mum's a Superhero'  https://wheeliemomma.co.uk/ 

Department of Health Easy read Having a baby https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/520211/choice-Leaflet_5.pdf

Sheffield Teaching hospitals NHS Easy read maternity Staying healthy in Pregnancy https://publicdocuments.sth.nhs.uk/pil3187.pdf

NHS Leeds Easy Read My Birth Plan http://flipbooks.leedsth.nhs.uk/LN004582.pdf

Public Health England Screening for problems with your babies body a easy read guide to tests during pregnancy to check your babies health a guide for people with learning disabilitieshttps://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/722182/Screening_tests_for_you_and_your_baby_easy_guide_mid_pregnancy_scan_section.pdf

Sheffield Teaching Hospital’s NHS Easy read guide Pain Relief in Labour Maternity Services https://publicdocuments.sth.nhs.uk/pil3192.pdf

NHS Pregnancy booknot Disability focused but a general useful resource https://www.stgeorges.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Pregnancy_Book_comp.pdf

Epilepsy Action Mothers in Mind Epilepsy and Pregnancy https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/involved/campaigns/women/mothers

Mental Health and Pregnancy

NHS Mental Health Problems in Pregnancy Baby and Pregnancy Guide


Tommy’s provide case studies of pregnancy and experiences of mental health. It includes Postnatal depression, Anxiety, OCD, Bipolar, IVF experiences and more https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/im-pregnant/mental-wellbeing/your-stories-about-mental-health-pregnancy?page=1

Mind the mental health charity have produced a video of parents who have a mental health condition talking about their parenting experiences and how they manage  


Association of postnatal illnessa charity run by parents who have had postnatal depression following the birth and have overcome these challenges for those who experience difficulties, run by volunteers offers text online and telephone support https://apni.org

Action for Postpartum Psychosis mental health condition 

Charity that has lots of information including personal experience accounts, insider guides, peer support networks, information on units for mothers with the condition and their babies, resources for partners, books, projects and workshops, information on topics like Bipolar and Postpartum Psychosis and support groups for women experiencing Postpartum Psychosis a serious mental health problem involving psychosis (delusion and hallucinations so loss of reality following childbirth) https://www.app-network.org/about-us/
Disabled Women’s Guide to pregnancy
and birth is an American book written by a women with a physical disability from first hand experiences as a mother, she works for Through the Looking Glass an American non for profit that supports pregnancy and disability, she is a pregnancy specialist and has documented peoples experiences of pregnancy with a disability by interviews but an American focus,  here you will find details of the book with some sample pages http://www.demoshealth.com/media/samplechapters/9781932603088/9781932603088_chapter.pdf 

Articles about parenting with a disability:

Disability and Parenting top disability products for Disabled Mums from Disability Horizons http://disabilityhorizons.com/2018/05/disability-and-parenting-top-baby-products-for-disabled-mums/

Accepting Disability and becoming a disabled Mum from Disability Horizons http://disabilityhorizons.com/2017/10/accepting-disability-and-becoming-a-disabled-parent/

Aspire planning a family and being a parent following spinal cord injury https://www.aspire.org.uk/blog/having-children-following-a-spinal-cord-injury

The following are links to articles explaining what it is like from the perspective of individual being reported to have Autism and be a parent:

Guardian Mothers with Autism


Very Well Health Autistic Adults as parents


Autism Support Network Being a parent and being on the Autism Spectrum


Autism Speaks


University Study

Autistic Women and Pregnancy project University of Cambridge https://www.autismresearchcentre.com/autistic-mothers

Parenting with a disability You Tube videos 

This You tube video explains how personal budgets and direct payments are helping disabled parents stay organised and get support to manage the care of their children 

  Awkward Disability questions and family planning Cerebral Palsy Foundation 

When you have any disability it can be hard to get all the answers to questions you may have but you need to plan for future in this video explains about how most people with Cerebral Palsy can have their own children but that attitudes and assumptions can cause obstacles and problems growing up. If this video interests you also check out the parenting section of this site. 

 This You Tube video ‘Parenting against the odds’ by Joy Ross explains parenting blind 

CNN Parenting with a disability: a look at Jennifer's story who suffered a spinal cord injury pregnant and is now in a wheelchair and the need to be creative finding solutions 

Born Different video of two parents who are both disabled and their parenting story 

Disabled Parents and personal assistance (if needed) using direct payments

This Being a parent video looks at the experiences of adults with learning disabilities and how they manage with being parents