The Disability Law Working Group will discuss the health status of persons with disabilities and the continued barriers they face to enjoying the highest level of obtainable health. Drawing on examples, the group will explore three entry points in the health status of persons with disabilities: 1) the early years of life, i.e. sexual and reproductive health, including but not limited to genetic discrimination, access of women with disabilities to gynecological health care service delivery,; 2) the middle years of life, including but not limited to overall access of women with disabilities to health care service delivery and perhaps critical issues this population faces in terms of public health, for instance domestic violence; and, 3) end-of-life issues.
- White Paper: Gary Norman, JD, LLM
- Responsible for coordinating the paper from WCL: Matt Pierce
- Panel Speakers: Janet Lord & Stephanie Ortoleva
Working Group coordinators:
Background Paper Abstract: According to the World Report on Disability and Health, “More than a billion people are estimated to live with some form of disability, or about 15% of the world’s population (based on 2010 global population estimates).” In the region of the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization has estimated that 1 in 10 persons have some form of disability. Data illuminates that women with disabilities constitute a significant proportion of overall persons with disabilities. Globally, women or girls, who have...read more