Disabled Isn’t a Bad Word: Parenting without Pity

Rooted in Rights is producing a storytelling resource for disabled parents to educate parents of disabled children. We are doing this because we believe disabled children are much more likely to develop the confidence and skills they need to advocate for themselves and feel pride in their disabled identity if their non-disabled parents can interact and learn from the disabled community.

This project will create ties between disabled and non-disabled parents to share resources, discuss identity and create a greater positive community of support and belonging for kids with disabilities— many of whom do not have parents who have experienced their own disabilities

Call for Stories

Are you a disabled parent? Please respond to the following questions. You can also contact us directly at parents at rootedinrights.org. 

  • Tell us about yourself and describe yourself for someone who is blind or low vision (for video recordings).
  • Tell us about your disability.
  • Tell us about what your childhood was like? How did your parents/caretakers relate to you and your disability?
  • When did you become a parent yourself, and what was that like?
  • As a parent and someone with a disability, what is your advice to parents of disabled children? What do you wish they would understand or spend time thinking about?
  • If your story is selected to be published on our blog, we will ask that you sign a writers contract and work with our blog editor on revisions. You will receive a stipend of $150.
  • If we select your story to make a video, we will ask you to sign a storytellers contract and release forms, and work with our video producers to record your interview, submit images and other video footage of yourself. You will receive a stipend of $200.

More about Rooted in Rights

Rooted in Rights is a team of disabled storytellers. Our desire to work on this project comes from our own experiences. Our Program Director is a disabled mom of a disabled child, whose own experience being raised by non-disabled parents informs her desire to help non-disabled parents be better allies for their disabled children.