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Cerebral Palsy Fdn. Women’s Project

17 October 2015 8,415 views No Comment

Throughout the next 18 months, I will be traveling around the country learning about the experiences of women with disabilities within the medical system. I will be gathering their stories for an exciting project of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation (yourcpf.org) called: Transforming Healthcare for Women with Disabilities.

WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES FACE MANY CHALLENGES. HOWEVER, TOO OFTEN ONE OF THEM IS FINDING ADEQUATE BASIC HEALTHCARE. SO CPF CREATED A COLLABORATIVE NETWORK AIMED AT CHANGING LIVES TODAY. THIS PROJECT IS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY 100 WOMEN IN HEDGE FUNDS.

The statistics around healthcare for women with disabilities are shocking. For example, the mortality rate of breast cancer is three times higher than for others. The reasons for this are numerous. 80% of US doctors graduate medical school without ever having treated a woman with significant disabilities. Many doctors’ offices lack sufficient knowledge about what is needed to provide adequate care. Physical access is often insufficient. Far too often real medical issues are simply dismissed as a byproduct of cerebral palsy.

This cycle winds up with many issues, ranging from depression and isolation to troubling statistics: such as the greatly increased incidences of cancer.

It is time to transform healthcare for women with disabilities.

If you are a woman with CP, over the age of l8 and would like to participate in the study please leave your details on the website and a member of the research team will contact you. Alternatively you can also contact Rachel Byrne at 916-242-2185 or rachel.byrne@yourcpf.org.

To learn more click here.

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