A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities
by Jane Maxwell, Julia Watts Belser, and Darlena David
Published February 2007, 384 pages, illustrated
English ed. ISBN: 978-0-942364-50-7
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Women with disabilities often discover that the social stigma of disability and inadequate care are greater barriers to health than the disabilities themselves. A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities will help women with disabilities overcome these barriers and improve their general health, self-esteem, and abilities to care for themselves and participate in their communities.
This groundbreaking handbook was developed with the help and experience of women with disabilities in 42 countries - women whose disabilities include blindness, deafness, amputations, paralysis, learning difficulties, small stature, epilepsy, arthritis, and cerebral palsy.
The book is full of useful advice on:
Health professionals, caregivers for women with disabilities, and trainers working with disability groups will also find A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities an essential resource.
"A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities
is an outstanding accomplishment, which
uses the experiences and advice from women with
disabilities throughout the world together with up to
date, professional health information. The book captures
the real life situations of women with disabilities and
their issues, their experiences and their desires.
This book is a "must-have" for health professionals,
international development organizations, international
women's organizations and anyone who believes in equality
for women with disabilities."
- Susan Sygall, Co-founder and CEO of Mobility International USA, and a MacArthur Fellow
"Packed with useful information, helpful tips, and
illustrations that deepen our learning, this practical
tool for gaining health rights clearly reflects sound
practice and the voices and experiences of women with
disabilities from around the world. A breakthrough
-Karen Heinicke-Motsch, World Health Organization
"Long-awaited, this book provides us, and our families
and caregivers, reliable information on sexuality,
childbearing, aging and all the other life processes
that affect every woman. An accessible resource for
wisdom about our health."
-Venus M. Ilagan, Disabled Peoples' International
"This manual definitely can be used by women with
disabilities to understand themselves better, help others
to understand them better, and help them teach others to
understand them better."
-Dr. Veda Zachariah, Sanjivini Trust, Bangalore, India