Disabilities

One in five women in the U.S. suffers from a physical or mental disability. Women live longer than men, and more than half of women over age 65 live with a disability. Women with disabilities are disproportionately likely to have poor access to health care, inadequate screening for common conditions, increased incidence of secondary complications and diminished quality of life. Studies have shown that health professionals can lack responsiveness and sensitivity to disabled women, and traditional health professional training fails to provide the knowledge and skills needed by clinicians to provide optimal care to women with disabilities. Women of color with disabilities must deal with additional economic, social and cultural factors that can negatively affect their access to health care and their ability to cope.

Women and the Risk of Disability Research: Insights from a Landmark Study by The State Farm® Center for Women and Financial Services at The American College

The majority of Americans lack basic knowledge about the likelihood of a disability and are unprepared to handle this kind of life-changing event. These gaps put families and financial futures in jeopardy, according to a new study released today by The State Farm® Center for Women and Financial Services at The American College.

URL: 
http://womenscenter.theamericancollege.edu/uploads/documents/Women-and-the-Risk-of-Disability-Study-5-4-12-v1a.pdf

Call for Proposals: Conference on Health of Women with Disabilities

Call for Proposals: Deadline July 8, 2011

Inequity to Equity: Promoting Health and Wellness of Women with Disabilities
October 17-18, 2011 in Washington, DC

The American Psychological Association invites submissions of proposals for an interactive, interdisciplinary conference, “Inequity to Equity: Promoting Health and Wellness of Women with Disabilities” to be held at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC on October 17 - 18, 2011. Call for Proposals deadline is July 8, 2011.


 

Call for Proposals: Deadline July 8, 2011

Inequity to Equity: Promoting Health and Wellness of Women with Disabilities

October 17-18, 2011 in Washington, DC
http://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/disabilities-conference/index.aspx

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“Understanding Disabled Women’s Experience with Abuse: Recasting Identities while Conducting Collaborative Anticipatory Research”

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03/10/2010

Deborah Olson, assistant professor, Special Education

This project complements research being conducted by the Trauma Healing Project, which is examining how survivors experience trauma in order to understand the mechanisms of healing and to promote healing practices to service providers and the community.

The research will be expanded to include women with disabilities who are also survivors of trauma.

Location: 330 Hendricks Hall, Jane Grant Conference Room

For Valentine's Day, Just Give Me Equity

On Valentine's Day, Linda Basch, President of the National Council for Research on Women, wrote an op-ed calling for greater gender equity:

This Valentine's Day, skip the chocolates and the teddy bears. Don't bother with expensive flowers or that revealing lingerie you've been eyeing. Quite frankly, many of us are just not in the mood. What women really want, in these volatile times, is greater economic opportunity and security.

Read the rest of Linda's op-ed.


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FAST FACT: BLS Shines Light on Women’s Employment Situation

Posted by Kyla Bender-Baird

Calling all data geeks! The Bureau of Labor Statistics has made some really exciting changes to its monthly employment situation releases. We now have greater insight into women’s employment situation thanks to greater gender disaggregation of employment data. BLS has also added stats for persons with a disability, veterans, and foreign born workers.

Last month, I could only tell you women’s unemployment rate and break that down by race. This month, I have SO much more to report. For instance,


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Girls’ Education in the 21st Century: Gender Equality, Empowerment, and Economic Growth

Much has been done to increase gender equality in education over the past 15 years. National governments and the international community have followed through on promises made in various international forums to increase investments in girls’ education. Overall female enrollment at the primary level in low-income countries has accordingly grown from 87 percent in 1990 to 94 percent in 2004, considerably shrinking the gender gap. This progress is the result of recognition of centrality of girls’ education in development and the overall progress made under the Education for All (EFA) agenda.
 

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http://siteresources.worldbank.org/EDUCATION/Resources/278200-1099079877269/547664-1099080014368/DID_Girls_edu.pdf
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