Sunday, August 28, 2005

Alison Lapper on Parenting and disability

BBC's Ouch! Has posted an interview with Artist Alison Lapper-- the model and collaborator on the sculpture chosen famous "fourth plinth" in London's Trafalgar square.

This interview focuses on Alison's experiences as a mom and as a participant in a televised study on parenting. Her thoughts are not only articulate and pithy, they bring to light experiences I believe are widely felt among parents with disabilities: The need to adapt, educate yourself and get help from experts to find methods that work, the guilt we feel when we perceive ourselves as judged or distrusted by able-bodied parents around us, and the ultimate need to trust our own judgement and our relationships with our children.

Alison mentions the fact that child-welfare authorities have "threatened" her when she didn't have someone able-bodied on hand to look after her son. What are we going to have to do to stop disability itself from being a reason for intervention in obviously loving, functional families?


wlbcpa said...

Parenting - The toughest job in the wrold. Most of us have very little guidance when it comes to Parenting. We are not about to do it the same way our parents raised us. Parenting seems to be on the job training and you get to experiment.
Just two kids are alike.....and circumstances change....see what other parents are doing and saying. Parenting

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