Highlighting the Needs of Parents with Disabilities
The University of Leicester has won
funding from the Economic and Social Research Council to run a series of
seminars exploring issues of importance to parents with disabilities, including those
with mental health impairments.
The six seminars, funded under the ESRC
Research Seminars Competition, will bring together not only parents with
but also academics, policy makers, practitioners, voluntary sector groups and
disability organisations. The series will
focus on research, policy and practice developments in the support of disabled
adults in their parenting role, and will also discuss future research
This follows a recent study into
parenting and disability funded by the Department of Health and carried out by
members of the University of Leicester Nuffield Community Care Studies Unit.
Each one-day seminar will focus on a
different aspect of parenting and disability, including the ways in which health
and social care agencies can support parents with disabilities, and the ways in which
mainstream parent support organisations can become more accessible to parents
with disabilities. Subsequent sessions will also enable graduate researchers to present
and discuss their work
Dr Richard Olsen, Research Fellow in the
University of Leicester Nuffield Community Care Studies Unit, and member of the
Joseph Rowntree Foundation Taskforce on Supporting Disabled Adults in their
Parenting Role, commented: “This is an
important series of seminars for many reasons, not least the central place of
parenting in a range of government policies and initiatives, and the growing
awareness that many disabled people are also parents and will have particular
support needs to help them fulfil that role.”
The first of the seminars will take place
at the University of Leicester, starting on 18 November 2002 with “Theory and
Practice in the Study of Young Carers”. Each
session will involve three or four key speakers, and will have places for thirty
participants, drawn from professional and voluntary sectors, from academic
groups and parents with disabilities.
Brief reports on each seminar will be
produced, and it is hoped an edited book will be produced at the end of the
seminar series in 2004.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Further information is available from Dr Richard Olsen, University of Leicester Nuffield Community Care Studies Unit, telephone 0116 252 5422, facsimile 0116 252 5423, email: Richard.Olsen@le.ac.uk
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