Mothers have much in common. They share the joys and challenges of raising children, and love being appreciated for their efforts, not just on Mother's Day. However, mothers are also as diverse as we can imagine - younger or older, parenting alone or with a partner, employed or not, and from all races, cultures, backgrounds, and family structures (adoptive, blended, nuclear, etc.). We sometimes forget that some mothers also live with a disability or chronic health condition that can make mothering no less rewarding, but even more challenging.
This year, Ayla Visser, a graduate student in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Human Nutrition, and Dr. Donna Lero from the Centre for Families, Work and Well-being from the University of Guelph have been working in collaboration with the DisAbled Women's Network of Canada (DAWN) to review some of the research and social policy surrounding mothers with disabilities.
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there, and thank you for all that you are and all that you do!