Disabled Parenting Project Message Boards › Is this board public?
I was excited to sign up, but the format seems exploitative of our stories and overly prompted. Is this board visible publicly? What is the intention?
Only those who are registered can participate in the message boards. To ensure confidentiality, we encourage folks to not disclose personal identifying information. We hope the opportunity to connect with other parents will help build a community of support for one another.
I’m curious are you, Robyn, the only person involved in this project? It seems like there should be a core group of disabled parents involved to start discussion on the boards without prompts. Other people invested in the project sharing their personal stories. To set up a board and ask people to show up and share the most vulnerable parts of their lives requires some reciprocity, I think.
If you go to About Us and look under the Team you will find that Robyn is one of three of us who spearheaded this effort. Both Kara Ayers and myself are parents with disabilities and have authored blog posts publicly available on this site. The forums, like the rest of the site, have been open just this week. Robyn outlined the limits of confidentiality above. Just like other sites including BabyCenter, What to Expect, etc., our forums offer as much or as little privacy as desired by individual posters. Our intent as disabled people ourselves of course is not to exploit anyone. In fact, we want to be as inclusive and disabled-parent driven as possible! Just as you have maintained your anonymity, Unreal, so may others as they choose. We encourage all disabled parents to share and contribute as they feel comfortable. You have to start somewhere. We hope you’ll stick around and help grow our community.
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