Update #11 – May 10, 2015
Happy Mother’s Day! When many of us talk and think about Mother’s Day we often have a particular image of a mother in mind, that is, a non-disabled mother. Rarely, do we think of a woman in a wheelchair as a mother for instance. Mothers and parents with disabilities encounter many barriers, including social workers and other health and social service providers who make assumptions about their ability to take care of their children. In an effort to draw attention to some of the challenges that mothers with disabilities face, an article entitled Parents With Disabilities: These Moms Live In Fear Of Losing Their Kids, by P. Tomasi, was published on The Huffington Post Canada website today. Included in this article is an infographic created by the DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada about mothering and disability. On the DAWN-RAFH Canada website you can find more resources, about mothering and disability, and women with disabilities more broadly.
Also in time for Mother’s Day, on the Spinal Cord Injury BC website, you can find new resources regarding pregnancy and spinal cord injury.
Finally, a reminder that I am still recruiting participants for my study. To be eligible to participate you must identify as a woman with a physical or mobility-limiting disability, be age 18 or older, have given birth in the last 5 years, and live in the province of Ontario, Canada.
Update #12 – May 13, 2015
Update #18 – September 1, 2015
Wow, I can’t believe September is already here! I am feeling very excited about my study and as always very thankful to all of the women who have shared their stories with me. Unfortunately, many women have reported encountering barriers to care, including providers who just don’t know what might happen, particularly regarding the impact of pregnancy, labour/birth, and in some cases medication on their bodies (and babies) postpartum, and negative attitudes. Stay tuned in the coming months for more study results! (It’s not all bad!)
I want to bring your attention to this interesting event happening in Toronto this week: Making space for intimate citizenship, a 3-day event about rights and access to equality in the intimate lives of people with disabilities.
Finally, I recently came across this awesome initiative to “increase diversity in the toybox” founded by 3 mothers with disabilities in the UK. In short, they are calling on toy companies to make toys that represent the diversity of children (and well, adults). This is incredibly important as there is a dire need for visible role models or representations of people with disabilities in various facets of life. For more about the campaign, check out #ToysLikeMe
Update #19 – September 14, 2015
If you are in Toronto on Saturday, October 3rd, I encourage you to join the Disability Pride March (starting at 1 pm at Queen’s Park). Why march?
- To bring recognition of the struggles and value of people with disabilities as we fight against ableism and other forms of oppression.
- To be visible and show that we have a voice in our community and a right to be heard by taking to the streets.
- To celebrate and take pride in ourselves as a community of people with disabilities.
More more information about the March, click here.