Disability Stigma and Your Patients
The University of Washington Healthy Aging Rehabilitation Research Training Center (RRTC) has released a fact sheet entitled, “Disability Stigma and Your Patients”. The fact sheet is designed as a guide for health care providers on how to have respectful, stigma-free interactions with their patients.
Health Policy Project
The Health Policy Project (HPP) is committed to advancing knowledge and sharing information and best practices for reducing stigma and discrimination based on health issues. This focus is part of their overall effort to expand access to health services for those in greatest need.
Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA)
“Invisible disabilities” describe conditions such as debilitating pain, fatigue, dizziness, cognitive dysfunctions, brain injuries, learning differences, mental health disorders, and hearing and vision impairments. These disabilities are not always obvious to the onlooker, but can limit daily activities, mildly or severely, and vary dramatically from person to person. IDA provides awareness, education, connection and support for people who live with invisible disabilities, and helps loved ones understand these challenges through a variety of media.
The Celiac Awareness initiative is designed to educate the public about this invisible disability. Whether you suffer from celiac or want to support someone with the condition, this site offers many helpful tools.
Healthy Hearing: Overcoming the social stigmas of hearing aids
Hearing loss is associated with old age but people of all ages, including children, experience loss of hearing. Being hard of hearing poses many challenges and can greatly affect everyday life. People with hearing loss have to adapt to life with hearing aids, which is more difficult when negative stereotypes and stigma get in the way. This page discusses ways to overcome stigma, as well as technological advances that can help minimize the appearance of hearing loss.
World Alzheimer’s Month
World Alzheimer’s Month is an annual, international campaign to raise awareness of dementia and challenge the stigma associated with the disease. Sponsored by Alzheimer’s Disease International, this site includes the campaign’s annual report, facts on dimentia, and ways to get involved.