Growing up with a disability has had an impact. I turned my personal issues into action. After having children, I wrote book on pregnancy and disability the second edition, The Disabled Woman’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, Demos Press, 2005. As an occupational therapist, I worked at Through the Looking Glass (TLG) National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities at in Berkeley, California. My work at the Center focuses on issues of pregnancy, birthing and parenting concerns of disabled parents. I provided hundreds of consultations and interventions to parents and professionals, as well as running a disabled parent support group.
I have the expertise, leadership, training, and motivation. I was one of the authors of the Baby Care Assessment for Parents with Physical Limitations or Disabilities tool. As intervention staff at TLG, specializing in services to parents with physical, cognitive or vision disabilities. I have supervised and mentor other Occupational Therapists. I have a broad background in occupational therapy, having worked with a wide range old ages and disability types. I’ve worked on several grants funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. In my work, I produced several DVD’s for parents and professionals on techniques and equipment to help caregivers with disabilities carry out baby care tasks. In addition, I have collaborated with other researchers to produce sections and chapters on pregnancy, birthing, breast-feeding, and baby care—for example in the International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation as well as an Occupational Therapy (OT) textbook Stroke Rehabilitation: A Function-Based Approach.
I have been involved in breast cancer for women with disabilities policies, and conceived of the idea of breast health access for women with disabilities (BHAWD) I was honored by Robert Wood Foundation as a Community Health Leader.