Bridging the Gaps: Developing resources and curricula for parents with disabilities and health care professionals June 4, 2024 at 11:15 am

Too little is known and understood about the needs of people with disabilities who are pregnant and parenting. Few resources exist to support and connect parents with disabilities to information and peer support. In addition, medical providers lack training and awareness of resources to address the needs of their patients with disabilities who are pregnant and parenting. A multidisciplinary team representative of lived experience and organizations within independent living, advocacy, direct services, and research utilize a collaborate approach to better understand the nature of needs, and then address identified barriers through the development of educational materials, trainings, and a peer support group. The team shares their process, findings, and developed resources.

Key Learning Outcomes

Attendees at this session will be able to
1. Describe some of the barriers, gaps and needs related to pregnancy and parenting with a disability in AZ.
2. Learn about new resources and curricula developed to address needs and gaps related to parenting with a disability in AZ.
3. Learn about on-going collaborative efforts to support parents with disabilities.

Speaker(s)

Farkas, Duncan, Urquidez, Reed, Malone
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