What is the Parent Empowerment Network?

Child rides on back of mom's wheelchair

Child rides on back of mom's wheelchair

The Parent Empowerment Network is an E-mail community of parents with disabilities, people with disabilities who hope someday to become parents, and (where applicable) nondisabled partners of parents with disabilities. It is a means of connecting with other parents, through an electronic mail listserver, on issues such as:

  • accessible/independent parenting;
  • societal attitudes toward parents with disabilities;
  • pregnancy, childbirth, and reproductive health issues;
  • general issues of child care and child rearing

What do I need to participate in the Parent Empowerment Network?

All you need is access to an E-mail system that allows you to send and receive E-mail to and from the Internet. The Parent Empowerment Network list is a “closed” E-mail listserver, which means that before you can participate, you must first “subscribe” to the list. There is no charge to subscribe.

Mother with CP feeds baby

Mother with CP feeds baby

How do I “Subscribe” to the Parent Empowerment Network?

It’s easy! Just visit the following website:

http://lists.disabledparents.net/listinfo.cgi/parent-empowerment-disabledparents.net

and follow the directions for subscribing. All subscriptions must be approved by the moderator, so it may take some time before you actually begin receiving mail from the group. (Important Note: If your spam filter is set to reject all mail other than from people you already know, you will not be able to participate in the group. You will receive an e-mail from the list owner asking to verify that you wish to join. If you are not able to receive this message due to your spam filter settings, your request will be automatically discarded.)

Our list grows on a daily basis, and as it grows, so does our opportunity to share and learn from each other. Our goal is to create a warm, open environment, where disabled parents can learn that they are not the only disabled parents in the world, and can know that there are more of us out there than the designers of inaccessible cribs and other paraphernalia designed with the nondisabled parent in mind could have ever imagined.

Parenting is Possible!