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Reproductive health justice for women with disabilities

ALVARES, Lisa
et al
April 2011

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"This paper highlights the added discrimination that women with disabilities often face in the context of their disparate access to health care, especially in the areas of reproductive health services and sexual health education, and offers recommendations for a twenty-first century response to the vast health care gaps that impact this population"
Barbara Faye Waxman Fiduccia Papers on Women and Girls with Disabilities

Disability, gender and intimate partner violence : relationships from the behavioral risk factor surveillance system

SMITH, Diane L
December 2007

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"Research on women with disabilities has found that the most common perpetrators of violence were current or former intimate partners. This article examines intimate partner sexual and physical abuse experienced by women with disabilities compared to women without disabilities and men with and without disabilities through chi square analysis and regression analysis using data from the 2005 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Results show that women with disabilities experienced almost twice the rate of all forms of abuse compared to the other populations. Variables increasing the likelihood of abuse include being female, disabled, not employed, uncoupled and younger age. Implications for future research, screening and intervention for rehabilitation professionals are discussed"
Sexuality and Disability, Vol. 26, Issue 1

Having a daughter with a disability : is it different for girls?

FROSCHL, Merle
et al
October 1990

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This article provides advice to parents on how to support their daughters with disabilities to become independent and successful, and explores the difficulties that parents may encounter in finding the right balance between too much and too little protection of their daughters with disabilities. The authors discuss the differences in education for boys and girls, and the gender role expectations by society that young women with disabilities may encounter. Although the article was written for mainly a North American audience, it highlights many issues that may be of interest to anyone working with girls and young women with disabilities or with an interest in gender and disability issues
NICHCY News Digest, No. 14

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