Access and Barriers to Health Services – Experiences with Health Professionals

A Provider's Guide for the Care of Women with Physical Disabilities & Chronic Medical Conditions. Sandra Welner. Available online at:

Access to Preventive Health Care Services for Women with Disabilities. Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) (2003). An overview of some of the major barriers to accessing preventive health care that women with disabilities face and provides actions state public health agencies can consider pursuing to eliminate these barriers. Available online at:

Breaking Down Barriers to Health Care for Women with Disabilities (December, 2004). National summit highlighting the many challenges facing women with disabilities in obtaining appropriate health care and explored ways that health professionals and facilities can overcome these barriers to provide the best possible care. The Office on Disability and the Office on Women's Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR). Available online at:

Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions (Western University of Health Sciences). Information on accommodating students with disabilities who are training to be health providers, ADA compliance, assistive technology, communication access, Web site accessibility, disaster preparedness for people with disabilities, educating health professionals on disability issues, history of disability and the health professions, and profiles of people with disabilities in the health professions. Available online at:

Diverse City Press. Diverse City Press Inc. produces and distributes inspiring and informational books, audio CD's and video tapes, dealing with persons with developmental disabilities, and a range of social issues. Available online at:

Health Access for Women with Disabilities. New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Council. Available online at:

Health services for women with disabilities: Barriers and portals. Gill, C.J., Kirschner, K.L., & Panko-Reis, J. (1994). In A. J. Dan (Ed.) Reframing Women’s Health (pp. 357-366). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Informed Consent, Sexuality, and People with Developmental Disabilities: Strategies for Professional Decision-Making. Laura K. Griffin, J.D. Includes examples and discussions of many informed consent scenarios. Address: 1996, ARC Milwaukee, 1126 South 70th Street, Suite N 408 B, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53214. (414) 774-6255. Includes examples and discussions of many informed consent scenarios.

Learning to Act in Partnership: Women with Disabilities Talk to Health Professionals. Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Health Resource Center for Women with Disabilities. VIDEO 38 mins. (2001).

ORCHID. This special issue health and wellness magazine for women with disabilities focuses on achieving wellness, not removing disability. Available online at:

Removing Barriers to Health Care: A Guide for Health Professionals. NC Office on Disability and Health. For a free copy call 919-966-2932. Available online at

Resourceful Woman Newsletter. Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Address: 345 E. Superior St., Rm 106, Chicago, Il 60611, Phone: 312-238-1051. Available online at:

Services Denied: Why Women With Disabilities Aren't Screened For Cancer. Haran, C. (2000). Available online at:

Women Be Healthy: A Curriculum for Women with Mental Retardation and Other Developmental Disabilities. North Carolina Office on Disability and Health. A curriculum was developed to enable women with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities to become more active participants in their health care, with an emphasis on teaching women about reproductive health and breast/cervical cancer screenings. Available online at:

Women’s Issues: Disabled Women and the Right to Health Care. Theresia Degener. Available online at: