Author: Julia Farrugia Portelli and Claire Azzopardi Lane

Historical views about disabled people’s rights to reproduce and rear children originate from beliefs that consider disabled persons to exist outside the boundaries of reproduction. These views have strongly influenced the dearth of information, policy and services relating to disabled parenting, indicating an unspoken assumption that disability and parenting are incompatible. Disabled persons are challenged by society’s refusal to recognise them as potential parents and functional family units, with the greatest of concerns revolving around their ability to raise a child and their presumed incompetence.  Cases where children are taken away from disabled parents because they are deemed unfit, sometimes…

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