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The Last Sisters: Heath Issues of Women with Disabilities

by Carol J. Gill

Women with disabilities may sometimes have complex needs, but failure to acknowledge their commonalities and similarities with other women marginalizes and isolates women who are struggling to see themselves and wish others to see them as women, not as genderless beings. Carol Gill raises critical questions about how to meet the health needs of women whose place in the diversity of womankind has often been neglected.

This article was originally published by Carol Gill in:

Gill, C.J. (1997) “The last sisters: Disabled women’s health” In S.B. Ruzek, V. Olesen, & A. Clarke (Eds.) Women’s Health: Complexities and Differences. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press.

It is reprinted here with the author’s consent.
Complete PDF: The Last Sisters- Heath Issues of Women with Disabilities

Strong Proud Sisters: Girls and Young Women with Disabilities

by Harilyn Rousso

Girls and young women with disabilities encounter substantial barriers to receiving quality medical care. Rousso explores this range of factors, including architectural barriers in health care facilities and policy barriers in public insurance programs, and how they impact health care access of disabled girls and women from birth to age 17. Underlying these barriers are discriminatory attitudes about disabled people as they intersect with attitudes about females. Negative attitudes inform personal interactions and essential communication between patient and health care provider. More broadly, our society does not seem to recognize that the needs of disabled girls and young women deserve attention and resources.

This article was originally published by Harilyn Rousso in:

Rousso, Harilyn, 2001. Strong Proud Sisters: Girls and Young Women with Disabilities. Center for Women Policy Studies. Washington, DC 202-872-1770 www.centerwomenpolicy.org

It is reprinted here with the author’s consent.
Complete PDF: Strong Proud Sisters- Girls and Young Women with Disabilities

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