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Parenting and disabilityDisabled parents' experiences of raising children$
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Richard Olsen

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861343642

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861343642.001.0001

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Access to support

Access to support

(p.37) Three Access to support
Parenting and disability

Richard Olsen

Harriet Clarke

Policy Press

This chapter addresses the issue of support, focusing primarily on the barriers that a lot of disabled parents can face when accessing support in raising children. It presents the argument that the support needs of disabled parents aren't different to those of all parents. The chapter further stresses the importance of removing all barriers to participation in parenting instead of establishing an inappropriate welfare response that is supposedly aimed to meet their ‘special needs’. It then examines the access to both formal and informal sources of support, and the interaction between them. The chapter also looks at the access to support for disabled parents within the context of broader divisions within society, especially those based on social disadvantage and gender.

Keywords:   support, access to support, barriers, special needs, sources of support, social disadvantage, gender

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