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Hello I am currently a high school student doing an essay on Disabled parents. I chose this topic because it is one that is important to our society and unfortunately is under looked. As part of my research I have made a survey in order to compile some statistics. This is where I need you. I am looking for some disabled parents as well as non disabled parents to answer my surveys. I have made 2 different ones for both disabled and non disabled parents. All surveys will be confidential and names will not be given anywhere in the report. Please take the time to answer these surveys and either post the answers here or you can email me the answers to tayibl@hotmail.com

I sincerely apologise if there is anything that is said in the survey that might or has offended anyone in any way. Please let me know if you feel that I should change something in the survey.

I canít thank you enough for your help

Thank you

PS. Please try to answer this survey as soon as you can because I am pressed on time. The last day that I can take surveys in order to have them in my research is March 26, 2003. Once again thank you!

*******Survey********

For disabled parents -----------------------------

1. Are you a mother or a father?

2. How many children do you have?

3. What kind of disability do you have?

4. Is your child (children) in any way disabled?

5. What was the hardest challenge when you or your spouse found out about the pregnancy?

a) The doctorís response to the pregnancy b) Family/friendís reaction c) Finding an easily accessible and disabled-friendly hospital to give birth d) The general publicís reaction e) Finding the right equipment for a baby that was easily accessible f) Other __________________

6. What difficulties did you or the mother of the child face when giving birth?

7. It is reported that more disabled parents choose abortion then able-parents. Have you ever thought of abortion? If yes what helped you make your final decision?

8. What is the biggest difficulty that you face as a disabled parent?

9. Have you ever felt that you were a worse parent just because you are disabled?

10. As you already know there are many people in our society that feel that disabled parents are not capable of providing good parenting skills to their children. What would you say to these people?

11. A pregnant mother has a severe disease and is told by doctors that there is a fifty/fifty chance that her child will have her disease and is most likely not going to survive past the age of five. She is thinking of the possibility of aborting the baby, what would you recommend?

If there is anything that you would like to be included in this research, please feel free to do so.

*******Survey********

For All Other Parents ------------------------------

1. Are you a mother or a father?

2. How many children do you have?

3. What was the hardest challenge you faced when you found out you were pregnant?

4. What difficulties did you or the mother face when giving birth?

5. . Have you ever thought of abortion? If yes what helped you make your final decision?

6. Do you believe that a mother or father in a wheelchair is not as good of a parent as a parent that is able-bodied

7. How do you feel about disabled people having children?

8. A pregnant mother has a severe disease and is told by doctors that there is a fifty/fifty chance that her child will have her disease and if he/she survives they are most likely not going to survive past the age of five. She is thinking of the possibility of aborting the baby, do you agree or disagree?

9. Should disabled parents be required to go through a test before they can care for their child?

10. Do you believe that our government funds enough money for those with disabilities?

THANK YOU

-- Anonymous, March 22, 2003

Answers

1.Father 2.4 3. Severely lessened mobility due to neck break in 91. 4. No 5. Money was tough because I just had my accident and had no income or SSD. 6. Because I am walking we didn't have any big problems at hospital or dr. Again, money was a big issue. 7. NO 8. I have chronic pain and so am often unable to participate with my childrens activities. 9. Yes 10. They are wrong. My kids are healthy, happy and well adjusted. 11. That's a very tough individual decision. I myself don't even know what I would do until in that situation.

-- Anonymous, March 22, 2003

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