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Women with Disabilities


women at workSurprisingly so, (or maybe unsurprisingly so?) we did not find many complete websites geared specifically towards women with disabilities. What was lacking in quantity was made up for in quality. Here are some good ones that we did find

The Disabled Women's Network is based in Ontario, Canada, and is a volunteer-driven grassroots organization that works to advance the inclusion and rights of women with disabilities. The network has created educational and informational guides, brochures, and videos advocated their cause, as well as online publications.

An example of one of their relevant publications: is this page on helping women with disabilities keep safe from abuse, which is a huge problem and one generally not discussed.

DAWN develops resources for women with disabilities, more specifically health care resources, and works with other women and disability groups on issues such as self-advocacy and education. DAWN networks with women with disabilities using techniques such as electronic forums, listservs, and websites.

Disability Cool - Women’s Stuff: Developed by a feminist woman with a disability, this fascinating website picks at issues you normally don’t see in a governmental disability website.  Featured articles include, “Pro-choice and Disabled” and “Body Beautiful/Body Perfect: Challenging the Status Quo”.  The site also features reviews on books and films that discuss disabilities and their effects on women.

Women with Disabilities Entrepreneurship Project:
This organization, brought to us by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, works to place women with disabilities in organizations that provide entrepreneurial skills training.  Through this program, women are supported through job training and most go on to start their own businesses!

Women’s Health is a federal government source for information for women’s health information, brought to us by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.  Their website contains information and resources on abuse, aging, living with a disability, parenting a child with a disability; to name a few.  The website also has a special section on disability information for girls, explains, in information geared to young girls, how to live and be independent with a disability.

Women with Disabilities Education Program: One of the best things about this site is that you have the option of changing the font size, or color, depending upon your visual capabilities.  This site features educational modules on issues such as communication and ways to break down barriers between women with disabilities and their healthcare providers. 

Health Promotions for Women with Disabilities:
This site addresses general topics that all women need to know about – menopause, ways to promote healthy sleep and nutrition, and parenting.  It also includes topics specifically for women with disabilities, such as barriers to health care and being pregnant with a disability.  Fun feature – the “Poet’s Corner”.  Hint: I would recommend switching to the text-only version.

World Enable – Women with Disabilities There is a great link on this website that gives a list of articles, books, and other publications for women with disabilities. 


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