April 21st, 2010
05:06 PM ET

Resources for parents with disabilities

Program Note: Don't miss Anderson's conversation with Abbie Dorn's mother tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/21/blinking_mother.jpg caption="Abbie Dorn is unable to move or speak due to complications from childbirth."]


Yesterday, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that the parents of a woman who communicates largely by blinking have the legal right to fight on her behalf. She is trying to see her 3-year-old triplets.

Abbie Dorn 34, was left unable to move or speak because of a series of medical complications while giving birth to the children in 2006. Dorn now lives in South Carolina with her parents. Abbie and her husband, Dan, eventually divorced in a proceeding that left decisions over custody, visitation, property and child support unsettled.

A trial is set for May 13. Dan Dorn has refused to allow the children to visit their mother, arguing that it would be detrimental at their age.

We're reporting on the issue tonight. In the meantime, we found a wealth of information and resources about parenting with disabilities. The National National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families (also known as Through the Looking Glass) is a non-profit agency that provides services, information and referrals, consultation, training, materials, and research programs concerning families in which a parent, grandparent, or child has a disability or medical issue.

Find more information on the organization – and its resources – here...

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  1. R. Shimp

    She absolutely has the right to see her children. The father can not hide the truth forever and hiding it from the children will only do them more damage. They need to understand what happened to avoid issues that will only surface later in their life if they are sheltered from the truth. And to seek child support from the mother?!? This guy sounds like a piece of work to put it nicely.

    April 21, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  2. Carol B.

    This poor woman. She was good enough for the SELFISH Father to marry and bear his children and almost died doing so. This woman has the RIGHT to see her children frequently, with the help of an family member, OT, or Assistive Technology Assistant. She doesn't need to see the cowardly husband that divorced her but should be allowed to have her children in her life. It will also benefit her children knowing their Mother and all she went through to have them.

    April 21, 2010 at 5:49 pm |