Recognition of the strides that have been made as well as the
challenges that remain was the focus of a panel discussion held Friday regarding the role women with disabilities have played in the
struggle for women’s rights.
Held by the disability rights organization Access Living in recognition of International Women’s Day,
the event featured academics, caregivers and advocates who discussed
the many issues facing women within the disability community, which
according to UIC Professor Carol Gill have at times been overlooked by
the rest of society.
“Women with disabilities actually have quite a
long history of not being recognized as part of the population,” said
UIC Associate Professor Gill. “We’re left out of programs for
services, health initiatives, research, and policy, from domestic
violence shelters to cardiovascular fitness programs to osteoporosis
research to educational equity policy. We frequently don’t get counted,
we’re not seen, and we’re invisible.”
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