Date Approved


Date Posted


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Health Sciences

First Advisor

Judith A. Olson, PhD


Society views women with physical disabilities as being incapable of competent parenting. Many of these women do, however, choose to have children. This paper, in addition to describing common producers of disability in child-bearing aged women, explores the literature concerning the role of mother and how women with physical disabilities fulfill that role. Two women with postpolio were interviewed about their experiences in raising children. The interviews showed themes of reaction to discouragement, impact on mobility, and individual method of compensation. Implications for occupational therapy intervention are drawn