New ways of thinking about parents with intellectual disabilities.

Author: Irwin, B.
Year: 2010
Reference Type: Journal Article
Journal/Book Title: IMPACT
Volume: 23
Issue: 2
Pages: 32-33
Abstract: Parenting as a right for individuals with intellectual disabilities is a relatively new concept. In the last 40 years, there has been a paradigm shift in attitudes and practices toward individuals with intellectual disabilities who desire to be parents. Today, the most significant aspect of the national conversation about adults with intellectual disabilities who are or desire to be parents is that self-advocates, advocates, court personnel, policymakers, researchers, Guardians ad Litem and concerned members of the community are actually having that conversation about such a right. Several historical events have brought us to this new place.

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