A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities by Jane Maxwell

By Jane Maxwell

Girls with disabilities frequently realize that the social stigma of incapacity and insufficient care are higher limitations to healthiness than the disabilities themselves. A future health instruction manual for girls with Disabilities can assist girls with disabilities conquer those boundaries and increase their basic overall healthiness, vanity, and talents to deal with themselves and perform their groups. This groundbreaking guide used to be constructed with the assistance and adventure of girls with disabilities in forty two international locations girls whose disabilities contain blindness, deafness, amputations, paralysis, studying problems, small stature, epilepsy, arthritis, and cerebral palsy. The booklet is stuffed with precious recommendation on: taking care of day-by-day wishes with restricted entry to gear, Having fit and secure sexual relationships, settling on kinfolk making plans equipment that paintings most sensible with particular, disabilities, getting ready for being pregnant and childbirth, protecting opposed to violence or abuse, Interactions of incapacity medicinal drugs with different drugs, Organizing for disability-friendly wellbeing and fitness care.Health pros, caregivers for ladies with disabilities, and running shoes operating with incapacity teams also will discover a wellbeing and fitness instruction manual for girls with Disabilities a necessary source.

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Health services can be expensive and you may have to bribe someone before you can meet with a health worker (corruption). A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities 2007 36 chapter 2: Organizing for disability-friendly health care Suggestions to make clinics and hospitals easier to use Clinics or hospitals must: • be nearby and there must be transport available to reach them. • be easy to use for people who use wheelchairs or crutches, or have difficulty walking. • have ramps or lifts as well as stairs.

Provide health information in different languages. • provide blind women with health information in Braille or on audio cassettes. • encourage health workers to use simple, clear language and pictures to illustrate what they are saying to women who have trouble learning or understanding. • train health workers to communicate with women who have problems with speaking clearly. • train staff members in sign language so they can give health information to deaf women. A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities 2007 Making health services easier to use 37 A clinic will be easier for deaf women to use if even one health worker knows the sign language used among deaf people who live in that community.

Role plays to learn about barriers to good health care Use role plays to deepen everyone’s understanding of the difficulties they have listed. Divide the group into several teams that include both health workers and women with disabilities. Ask each team to spend a few minutes preparing a role play about a disabled woman who has trouble getting good health care. Encourage everyone to participate. People can switch roles— a health worker acting as a disabled woman, and a disabled woman acting as a health worker.

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