MDRC cultivates disability pride and strengthens the disability movement by recognizing disability as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity while collaborating to dismantle all forms of oppression.
P3 is a learning community that comes together for a weekend retreat to discuss various topics relating to disability pride. Parents* have their own journey to accepting their child’s disability and getting to a place where they are proud to say they have a child with a disability. Parents can play a key role in creating an environment that promotes disability pride and self-acceptance. Together, participants will explore many areas than can assist both them and their child including:
the language we use,
independence and interdependence,
expectations of our child,
our intentions versus impact,
shame and shame resilience,
promoting a proud identity for ourselves and our children,
and much more.
The P3 program is made possible by funding from the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council.
*Who is a Parent?
When we use the term parent, we are also including youth guardians and are embracing all types of families beyond the American traditional family (i.e. same-sex partnerships, grandparents raising grandchildren, co-parenting, etc.). We support families of choice which can include parents, step-parents, domestic partners, neighbors, communities, religious leaders, and any other person the individual defines as a parent.
P3 Executive Summary
What is Parents* Promoting Pride?
Parents Promoting Pride (P3) is a learning community that meets for an in-depth weekend retreat where parents* of children with disabilities discuss various topics relating to disability pride. Disability pride is honoring and accepting our disabilities as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity. Evidence-based research (Michigan Guideposts for Success) shows that people with disability pride tend to achieve higher post-high school outcomes and have a higher quality of life. Parents can play a key role in creating an environment that promotes disability pride and self-acceptance.
In addition, parents have their own journey to accepting their child’s disability and getting to a place where they are proud and respectful to say they have a child with a disability. Working through issues of denial, shame, and acceptance as a parent of a child with a disability creates a unique and challenging experience that can often be helpful to explore and process in a community setting amongst peers.bility pride is honoring and accepting our disabilities as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity. Evidence-based research (Michigan Guideposts for Success) shows that people with disability pride tend to achieve higher post-high school outcomes and have a higher quality of life. Parents can play a key role in creating an environment that promotes disability pride and self-acceptance.
Throughout the weekend, participants will engage in a variety of hands on activities, community learning/sharing experiences, expression through art, deep personal reflection, and presentations by parents and people with disabilities. Together, they will explore many areas that can assist both them and their child including:
the language we use – using language that will promote pride and self-acceptance, dignity and respect
independence and interdependence – learning to ask for help and how to build circles of support
expectations of our child – examining how to learn our child’s goals and support them to achieve them even when we personally think they are unattainable
shame and shame resilience – identifying when shame is playing a role in our lives and learning how to move through such a strong emotion
self-care and burnout – knowing when we are getting burned out and identifying strategies to incorporate self-care into our daily lives
intentions vs. impact – understanding that even when we have the best intentions, the impact of our actions may be negative either short or long term
protector vs. guide – learning different parenting roles and how they help or hinder our child’s growth and development of pride
stages of a proud identity – identifying the different stages parents go through to develop a strong proud parent identity
Details of Project
The program agenda is attached and the curriculum is available for review upon request. Each participant receives a binder with materials for the activities, articles to be discussed, handouts/copies of presentations, resources, and readings related to main themes that are discussed during the weekend.
The program is facilitated by people with disabilities and parent co-facilitators all who are active in the disability justice movement on local, state, and national levels. Facilitators include:
·Melinda Haus, M.S.W., Michigan Disability Rights Coalition and Justice Moves.
·Janice Fialka, M.S.W., Dance of Partnership. Mother of Micah Fialka-Feldman, nationally known leader in the disability justice movement.
·Lisa Laughman, M.S.W., Wisdom Heart Life, and Michigan State University Employment Assistance Program. Parent of a child with a disability and a person with a disability herself.
·Elizabeth Warren, RN, Leezard Design. Parent of a disabled adult child and a person with a disability.
·Laura Hall, M.S.W., Michigan Disability Rights Coalition. Person with a disability and nationally known activist.
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