Global Day of Parents
With the UN having proclaimed 1 June to be the Global
Day of Parents, COFACE-Disability wants to call special attention to the situation of parents of children with
disabilities. Mothers, especially, have a difficult time as it is usually they
who have to double up the job of parent with that of family carer.
It is a role
that takes a toll on their personal lives, partner relationship, health and
social life. It is also usually mothers who are faced with cutting
down or stopping work, with the personal and financial impacts that brings (for
the family in the immediate term, and for their pension later on).
The Global Day of Parents is a good time to maximize
awareness about what learning to live with a disability can mean for a family,
and to demand social solidarity that will give parents of a disabled child the
same opportunities as others.
And above all, COFACE-Disability believes that parents must be given the
choice to help their disabled child(ren) through outreach services
providing appropriate assistance and support. Coface Disability argues, too, that recognition must be given to family caregiving through a range
of measures for... Read the full press release