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*This event is open to the public*

This is an online event. Registered participants will receive an e-mail from Zoom with instructions on how to join the workshop. No cost to participants but registration is required.


DescriptionThe United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities emphasized the need to eliminate discrimination against persons with disabilities in all matters relating to marriage, family, parenthood, and relationships. This includes providing adequate supports and appropriate assistance to persons with disabilities in the performance of their child-rearing responsibilities (CRPD, article 23). Although the need to support parents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) has been widely recognized, there remains a gap in both practice and policy goals to achieve the desired outcomes. Programs that demonstrate positive practices in supporting parents with IDD (e.g., the former Growing Together program at PACT) lack sustainable funding sources. This session aims to increase participants’ knowledge on  the need to support parents with IDD and their children and discuss programs and resources available for supporting this population.


Instructional Level: Introductory



Bernadette Irwin, Senior Director, Co-Chair, Advocacy Committee; Member, Executive Committee. Bernadette was one of the founders of TASP, served as Co-President for several years, and worked with children with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families for over 30 years.  She worked at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Family Support Services for 28 years before retiring in 2015. Click to read presenter’s full bio.

Sue Jones, for 36+ years, Susan “Sue” Jones has specialized in supporting parents with intellectual challenges. She is one of the principal founders and former Co-President of The Association for Successful Parenting and is currently a Senior Board Member.


Learning objectives: This interactive session is designed to help participants:

1.  Increase their awareness of the impact of supporting parents with IDD and their children.

2.  Address negative perceptions by professionals on parenting by persons with intellectual disabilities.

3.  Describe barriers to effective parenting and facilitations needed to empower effective parenting in this population.

4. Discuss programs and resources available for supporting parents with IDD and their children.


Target Populations:

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Educators
  • Parents and caregivers
  • Nurses
  • Clinical and medical staff
  • Community living providers
  • Direct support professionals and other community service providers
  • Speech / Physical / Occupational therapists
  • Students/trainees


Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute reserves the right to cancel any of its workshops due to unforeseen circumstances. Should you have any questions, call 443-923-5555.

For more information on our trainings or to request accommodation or assistance for individuals with disabilities, please contact us by phone at 443-923-9555, email  or visit Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least seven days prior to the scheduled meeting.

Register via Zoom.