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Disabled mothers of disabled children:
an activism of our children and ourselves

By Liz Crow & Wendy Merchant
In Berghs, M, Chataika, T, El-Lahib, Y & Dube, K (2020) The Routledge Handbook of Disability Activism, 1st edition, Routledge, Chapter 10

The Routledge Handbook of Disability Activism won the Taylor & Francis most outstanding handbook in the social sciences, 2019


This chapter arises from a personal conversation between two UK-based disabled mothers of disabled children, in which they explore how their circumstances have informed and shaped their activism. One found her way to activism through advocating for her child; the other found the onset of impairment in her child disrupted and, then, reoriented decades of activism. In this chapter, they consider the impact of their circumstances on the form and reach of their activism and their sense of themselves as activist; what this means for their children; what their experience offers to other disabled parents of disabled children in understanding their own possibilities for activism; and what their learning might mean for the wider disabled people’s movement and for activism beyond.

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