Research Groups

Supporting Parents with Intellectual Disabilities

Current Projects

The following are the current FDSI projects with a focus on supporting parents with intellectual disabilities:

Mothers with Intellectual Disabilities from Different Cultural Communities: A Narrative Study
The voices of mothers with intellectual disabilities from minority cultures in Quebec, Canada through narrative inquiry.

Child Welfare Process and Outcomes: Caregiver Cognitive Impairment Caregiver Cognitive Impairment
Secondary analysis of the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (CIS-2003) core-data.


Browse through selected projects and publications with a focus on supporting parents with an intellectual disability. Feel free to contact us for access to further reports or publications.

Journal ArticlesBooks and ChaptersReports

  • Child Welfare Process and Outcomes Caregiver Cognitive Impairment
    The number of children referred for protective services who have a parent with cognitive impairment is thought to be increasing. There is however a dearth of information about these parents and children and their involvement in the child protection system. In this study we investigate prevalence and outcomes for children of parents (biological and other parents) with perceived cognitive impairments in cases opened for child maltreatment investigation in Canada. One aim is to identify factors that heighten risk and predict outcomes in these challenging cases. This information is sorely needed to inform prevention and early intervention policy and practice and in turn, improve the life chances of this growing population of children.
  • Disability & Discrimination in the Child Welfare System: Parents with intellectual disabilities
    A gulf exists between the rights and the realities of parents with intellectual disabilities. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities affirms the right of persons with disabilities to marry and found a family. Moreover, in Article 23, states are bound to take effective action and appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination and render appropriate assistance to persons with disabilities in the performance of their child-rearing responsibilities. The brutal reality however is that parents with intellectual disabilities rarely receive appropriate assistance and many have their children taken from them by child protection authorities. This book examines decision-making in child protection and court systems. Applying the discourse ethics of the contemporary German philosopher Jürgen Habermas, the author finds that with respect to parents with intellectual disabilities and their children, the process is anything but just.
  • Keynote Address
    The Association for Successful Parenting 2010 International Conference 
    Enhancing the lives of families headed by parents with intellectual disabilities 
    Denver, Colorado, September 2010

  • Parents with Intellectual Disabilities Past Present and Futures
    The first international, cross-disciplinary book to explore and understand the lives of parents with intellectual disabilities, their children, and the systems and services they encounter. It presents a unique, pan-disciplinary overview of this growing field of study and offers a human rights approach to disability and family life. It's informed by the newly adopted UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) and provides comprehensive research-based knowledge from leading figures in the field of intellectual disability.