Is health care for women with disabilities inclusive?

When you are interested in or work with accessibility on a regular basis, you tend me be aware of whether such-and-such is truly accessible to all. This applies to everything whether it is writing, web pages, or the surrounding community. However, I was stopped in my tracks today by an interesting blog entry from Glenda Watson Hyatt. She poses an interesting question for October, the month of breast cancer awareness: how accessible is breast care to women with disabilities?

If you have an answer, stop by her post and let her know how the screenings are handled for women with disabilities. See her current posts at Do It Myself.

Health Care for Women

  • The Office on Women's Health (OWH) provides national leadership and coordination to improve the health of women and girls through policy, education and model programs. OWH in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was established in 1991 to improve the health of American women by advancing and coordinating a comprehensive women's health agenda throughout HHS to address health care prevention and service delivery, research, public and health care professional education, and career advancement for women in the health professions and in scientific careers.
  • Women's Health A-Z Health Topics provided by the Office on Women's Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Illnesses and Disabilities as many as 1 in 5 of American women have a disability. This section of provides information and resources important to women with disabilities, as well as caregivers, friends, family members, and others.
  • Center of Excellence in Women’s Health University of Utah Health  New
  • Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN) was created in 1993 as a voluntary national organization to improve the health and lives of girls and women in Canada and the world by collecting, producing, distributing and sharing knowledge, ideas, education, information, resources, strategies and inspirations. [Canada]
  • "We're Women, Too: Identifying Barriers to Gynecologic and Breast Health Care for Women with Disabilities" (.pdf), by Lenore Riddell; Kathy Greenberg; Joan Meister; Jude Kornelsen. A very readable 48-page study and results by Canadian researchers of the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH).