I attended the Society of Disability Studies conference that was held in the Denver Tech Center last week. I was pleased to see that there were a number of sessions addressing parents with disabilities. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these sessions were presented from the perspective of children of disabled parents, rather than from the parents themselves. A couple were presentations of interviews and dialogues between a child-academic and their disabled parent. Notably missing were the voices of parents in these sessions. This is not to say that there were not parents with disabilities presenting at the conference. A number of parents who are active in communities of disabled parents were at the conference, all of whom were presenting, but none were researching and writing about parenting with a disability. This is a voice that is notably absent in the field of disability studies.
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