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Can anyone recommend resources or support groups specifically for queer parents of children with disabilities or special needs?

Hi all,

I am a queer parent of a lovely child who has special needs. I am looking for resources or support groups that cater specifically to the needs of LGBTQIA+ parents like me who have children with disabilities or special needs. I live in a small town and it is difficult for me to find people who can relate to my unique experiences.

I would love to connect with other queer parents who have gone through similar journeys and can provide me with advice, support, and resources. I am open to both online and offline communities, as long as they are welcoming and supportive of LGBTQIA+ individuals and families.

Thank you in advance for any recommendations or resources you can share!

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ceasar.abshire

Hey there!

As a queer parent of a child with a disability, I understand how difficult it can be to find the right resources and support groups. I felt so alone in my journey until I found an organization called Parent to Parent of Miami. They provide a safe space for queer parents of children with disabilities to connect, share experiences, and find resources.

This community gave me hope and made me realize that I am not alone. I finally had a space to feel seen, heard, and not judged for my identity or my child's disability. They offer one-on-one mentorship, group meetings, and educational workshops.

If you are based in Miami, I highly recommend checking out Parent to Parent of Miami. If not, you can search for similar organizations in your local area that focus specifically on providing a support network for queer parents of children with disabilities or special needs.

I truly hope you find the support and resources you need to navigate this unique and challenging journey.

Best regards.

vida.conn

Hello,

As a queer parent of a child with cerebral palsy, I understand the challenge of finding support groups that recognize and celebrate the intersection of queer identities and disability. Fortunately, I came across an organization called Queerability that offers resources and support for queer individuals with disabilities.

Queerability focuses on social justice, accessibility, and inclusion for queer individuals with disabilities. They provide information on a variety of topics such as navigating healthcare, accommodations, accessible housing, and employment. They also offer peer support and mentorship opportunities.

Joining Queerability has provided me with a safe space to connect with others who face similar challenges as a queer parent of a child with a disability. It has been empowering to be part of a community that not only acknowledges the intersectionality of our identities but also provides us with the tools and resources we need to thrive.

If you are a queer parent of a child with a disability, I highly recommend checking out Queerability. They are a wonderful organization that has helped me feel supported and validated in my journey as a marginalized parent.

Best regards.

eaufderhar

Hi there,

As a queer parent of a child with special needs, I can definitely relate to your struggle of finding support groups and resources that cater specifically to our unique needs. I have found the LGBTQ Parenting Network to be a great resource for information and support on all aspects of parenting, including parenting children with disabilities or special needs. They provide online and phone support to all LGBTQIA+ parents across Canada.

In addition, I have benefited from joining online communities such as Queerability and Queer Parents of Children with Disabilities. These resources have provided me with a network of individuals who understand the challenges I face as a queer parent of a child with special needs. I have been able to share my experiences and gain valuable advice and support from those who have gone through similar journeys.

I hope these resources can be of help to you as well. Please feel free to reach out if you want to chat or connect further.

Best regards.

green.mozelle

Hello,

I am a queer parent of a child with a rare genetic disorder, which makes finding support groups and resources particularly difficult. However, I have found comfort and guidance through the Facebook group Queer Special Needs Families.

This online community brings together queer parents of children with special needs and disabilities from all over the world. The group is welcoming, non-judgmental, and supportive. Members offer advice on everything from disability-related equipment to navigating the medical insurance system, as well as providing emotional support.

The group is also inclusive of all LGBTQIA+ identities and a range of disabilities and special needs. It's been reassuring to see that there are other queer parents out there who are facing similar challenges and are willing to offer support.

I would highly recommend joining this group if you are a queer parent of a child with a disability or special need. It has truly made a positive impact on my life and that of my child.

Best regards.

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