October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and is the perfect time to bring together women with disabilities, their families, medical professionals, and advocates to discuss women’s health issues. On October 5, 2013th, the first annual Women Embracing Abilities Now (a program of Disability Rights & Resources) event, Women’s Health: No Laughing Matter!, will bring together this diverse group to address key issues of women’s health as they relate to women with disabilities. This event will be held at Charlotte’s The Comedy Zone.
Primary issues to be addressed include identifying the barriers faced in accessing appropriate breast health services, and other reproductive health services; and the need for increased outreach and education on these issues. Women with disabilities are going undiagnosed and untreated, and are therefore more likely to lose their lives to breast, cervical, ovarian and uterine cancer due to lack of access and education.
We will hear from self-advocates, clinicians, medical administrators, and hospitals and as a group, work toward specific viable solutions to increase access to healthcare for women and girls with disabilities in Charlotte and surrounding areas.
*Share personal stories and Susan G. Komen educational materials funded to provide awareness to women with disabilities and healthcare professionals of the barriers in access to mammograms, reproductive organ cancer screenings, and ob/gyn care.
*Provide awareness to women with disabilities and healthcare professionals about the United States Access Board’s proposal for access to medical diagnostic equipment and other healthcare legislation.
*Gather stakeholders to develop a statewide advocacy committee and plan to determine specific viable solutions to increase access to breast health and other health and wellness services for women and girls with disabilities in Charlotte and surrounding service areas.
Offer activities to promote involvement from the disabled community in Susan G. Komen events, breast health, ob/gyn care, mental, physical and financial wellness and encourage women with disabilities and healthcare professionals to remember that they matter! The event organizers will recruit a team to participate in that day’s Race for the Cure 2014!
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Monique is inviting women and girls with disabilities, advocates, women’s health and wellness professionals, and medical students to come learn about health disparities that women with disabilities are facing in NC. In 1995 Monique was injured in a car accident at the age of 16 that resulted in a spinal cord injury . She gave birth two children post injury and that experience of receiving ob/gyn in inaccessible health clinics lit the fire in her dedication to empowering women with disabilities to advocate for equal access to healthcare. She also encourages them to take care of their physical, spiritual, financial and emotional well being. In 2010 she started a sister chapter of W.E.A.N to offer mentoring, advocacy community education,fun and fitness activities so they and everyone will recognize that they MATTER !