Monday, November 03, 2008

National Center for Parents with Disabilities & their Families

BERKELEY, CA -- October 21, 2008. A new National Center for Parents with
Disabilities and their Families has been established in Berkeley, California
under the auspices of Through the Looking Glass, a non-profit organization
founded in 1982. The Center will oversee several national research studies
concerning parents with disabilities and their families, as well as provide
consultations, trainings and publications to parents, family members and

The research and resources of the Center will address the nearly 9 million
U.S. parents with disabilities - 15% of all American families. Parents with
disabilities include mothers and fathers in all disability categories - such
as parents with physical disabilities, deaf parents, blind parents, parents
with psychiatric or cognitive disabilities. The Center is funded by a
$500,000 per year federal grant for three years from the Washington,
DC-based National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
(NIDRR), U.S. Department of Education.

The new Center will focus its research and resource activities on four
critical areas that impact parents with disabilities: custody, family roles
and personal assistance; paratransit; and, intervention with parents with
cognitive disabilities and their children. One of the notable activities
planned over the next three years is a scholarship program for high school
seniors and college students whose parents have disabilities. The Center
will be staffed by nationally recognized experts regarding parents with
disabilities, most of whom have personal or family experience with
disability or deafness.

More information about the Center and Through the Looking Glass is available
at the organization's website (, through two toll-free
numbers, 800-644-2666 (voice), 800-804-1616 (TDD/TTY), or by email at

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION. This new National Center will build upon Through
the Looking Glass's nationally and internationally recognized expertise and
leadership in working with parents with disabilities, their families, and
their providers -- 26 years of groundbreaking research, services, training
and resource development. Through the Looking Glass (TLG) has trained more
than 70,000 professionals regarding parents with disabilities and deaf
parents, from all U.S. states and 44 countries. Since 1993 it has provided
technical assistance to over 25,000 parents with disabilities, family
members and professionals. TLG's expertise has contributed to the passage
of legislation in three states to decrease discrimination against parents
with disabilities. TLG is one of seven disability organizations that have
partnered to build the Ed Roberts Campus at the Ashby BART Station in
Berkeley - a national and international model dedicated to disability rights
and universal access(see for more details). Opening
in 2010, the campus will house the offices of the collaborating
organizations as well as Through the Looking Glass' new early child
development center.

Contact: Dr. Paul Preston
510-848-1112, x104

Through the Looking Glass
2198 Sixth Street, Suite 100
Berkeley, CA 94710
(800) 644-2666 (voice)
(800) 804-1616 (TDD/TTY)
FAX: (510) 848-4445

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