Strong Proud Sisters

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.