TASP has gathered some important articles, curricula, tools and videos to help practitioners support parents with intellectual disabilities.


  • Fact Sheet:  Parents with Intellectual Disability

This article uses a question and answer format to provide basic information about parents with intellectual disabilities and their need for support

  • Enhancing Social Connectedness of Mothers with ID

This article describes how to engage mothers with intellectual disabilities in a shared social group that feels safe and provides opportunities for learning. A study by David McConnell, PhD; Maurice Feldman, PhD; Marjorie Aunos, PhD and Laura Pacheco, MSW

  • The Intersection of Child Welfare and Disability – Focus on Children

This newsletter provides a comprehensive set of articles that explore challenges and solutions for supporting parents with intellectual disabilities.

  • New Ways of Thinking About Parents with Intellectual Disabilities

This article describes how attitudes and approaches to supporting parents with intellectual disabilities have changed. The author makes several recommendations for best practice.

  • Success Stories in Parenting with Intellectual Disability

These case studies are based on actual cases. Participating families have given consent for their stories to be shared.

  • Research Summary and Seminal Peer-Reviewed Research-based Journal Articles on Parents with ID and Their Children.  A list by Dr. Maurice Feldman.

Provided by Dr. Maurice Feldman, this includes a research summary and list of seminal peer-reviewed journal articles on parents with learning difficulties and their children. He notes the list of 32 articles is by no means exhaustive, and does not include influential books and book chapters. Nonetheless, looking at the list of articles, several key themes emerge, as well as areas where more research is needed.

Research Summary and Seminal Research Studies about Parents with ID

Tools & Curricula

  • Change

Find easy-to-read “how-to” booklets for parents with intellectual disabilities.

  • Parenting in Pictures

Access photos that show how to parent in pictures – a support for parents with Intellectual Disabilities.

  • Simple Home Fixes

Find strategies for organizing a home to make parenting easier for parents with disabilities.

  • Enabling Parenting with Support – Effective Working with Parents with Learning Disabilities

This training pack will help managers to assure that staff have the knowledge and skills needed to support parents with learning disabilities.

  • Supporting Families When Parents Have Intellectual Disability

This curricula can be used to build your agency’s capacity to support parents with intellectual disabilities. Although the material is dated (2002) many people in the field still describe it as “helpful.”

  • Supporting Parents with Disabilities: Resource Binder

This binder contains a comprehensive of practical resources and articles that may be helpful in supporting parents with disabilities.

  • Communicating with Parents with an Intellectual Disability

The communication strategies described on this site can help ensure that information is presented in a way that parents can understand, and that they are given the opportunity to express their views.


  • A Fair Chance

Ideal for in-service training, workshops and seminars on topics of disability.

  • Prevention – Supporting Parents with Developmental Disabilities

This interview with a parent with intellectual disabilities describes what is helpful in family support.

  • Working with Parents Who Have Cognitive Limitations

This evidence-based curriculum provides guidance to teachers, nurses and social service providers in working with parents who have cognitive limitations.


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