The Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) manages the Parenting with a Disability Network (PDN). It is a cross-disability network for parents and prospective parents with disabilities in Toronto and the GTA. It provides opportunities for networking, peer support, information-sharing and education both in-person and online.
The PDN understands that parents with disabilities are experts on their own needs and the needs of their children. Parenting with a disability may look different for everyone and that’s ok! The PDN Coordinator acts as a resource and referral connection to support parents and prospective parents with disabilities to find and access programs, services and equipment in Toronto to meet their families’ needs and/or their own needs as prospective parents.
The PDN strives to create safe, affirming, and equitable spaces through an inclusive and anti-oppressive framework. They recognize the barriers faced by parents with disabilities and the multiple and layered ways in which intersections of oppression can impact the experiences of parents and prospective parents with disabilities.