According to a new report by the National Council on Disability, disabled parents all over the country are having their rights violated in child custody cases. In one case, a quadriplegic mother had to fight an 18-month long legal battle to retain custody of her son. In another, a blind couple temporarily lost custody of their newborn daughter because they were deemed unfit parents.
The problem may stem from the vary laws defining the "best interests of the child," which in most states allow courts to find parents to be unfit based on a disability. However, the council's report charges that these laws clearly violate the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, which offered the disabled population innumerable rights and opportunities.