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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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Invisibility and exclusion

Invisibility and exclusion

(p.1) One Invisibility and exclusion
Parenting and disability

Richard Olsen

Harriet Clarke

Policy Press

This chapter provides a review of relevant literature on parenting and disability, which looks at parenting support and the barriers that certain parents encounter when bringing up their children. It argues that disabled parents have been mainly invisible in that particular tradition of social-policy research. The chapter studies policy context, particularly of the 1989 Children Act and the 1990 NHS and Community Care Act. It aims to determine the role these Acts play in structuring the response of formal services to disabled parents. The chapter also tries to show how their practice and policy legacies influence the way parents are supported.

Keywords:   parenting and disability, parenting support, barriers, disabled parents, social policy, policy context, Children Act, Community Care Act, policy legacies

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