Anyone who has children will know that the arrival of a new life is a miracle and a wonderful experience for the family. However, when parents discover that their new baby has a disability, they may experience a whole mixture of emotions, including sorrow, fear of the unknown, guilt and even sometimes rejection of the infant.
At these times it is crucial that the family unit receives understanding and support from their loved ones. It is also tremendously helpful to have access to information about their child’s disability and practical guidance on how to care for their child”.
APD provides opportunities for parents to meet together in support groups and to establish informal support networks within their communities. This support is a great help to parents in coping with the isolation and stigmatization that unfortunately goes hand in hand with disability.