Parents with Disabilities Face Barriers

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Lesson title

Parents with Disabilities Face Barriers

Video title, link and release date;

Parents with Disabilities Face Barriers; October 7, 2012

Video length

Two minutes and three seconds.

Grade level

High school

Video Summary

The National Council on Disability has recently released a new policy study documenting the barriers parents with disabilities face.

In ⅔ of states, courts have the ability to determine that a parent is unfit to have custody of their child based solely on their disability.

The report supports the enactment of laws to prohibit discrimination, and criticizes the state’s effort to keep children and their parents together.

Review Questions

Parents with disabilities lose custody of their children in nearly ____% of cases.


The court calls on state legislature to ____________ disability as a basis for finding a parent to be unfit.


What was the most surprising part of this report to you?


Free Writing Journal Prompt(s)

What about this report do you have questions about?

What do you want to know more about?


The National Council on Disability


Katie Smith is a Seattle University student studying Strategic Communication. Katie is an avid athlete and loves reading, hiking and exploring Seattle's restaurant scene.