AAHD is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 AAHD Scholarship Program

Sept. 23, 2014 - AAHD is accepting applications for the AAHD Scholarship Program (2014-2015) which supports students with disabilities pursuing higher education in a field related to disability and health.  Preference is given to students who plan to pursue undergraduate/graduate studies in the field of public health, behavioral health, epidemiology, health promotion, disability studies, to include disability policy and disability research. Scholarships are limited to under $1,000. Scholarships are competitive each year. Read more »

African American Slavery and Disability: Bodies, Property and Power in the Antebellum South, 1800-1860

New book by Dea H. Boster, Routledge, Mar 5, 2013 - Social Science - 198 pages - Disability is often mentioned in discussions of slave health, mistreatment and abuse, but constructs of how "able" and "disabled" bodies influenced the institution of slavery has gone largely overlooked.

Reflections On March on Washington 50th Anniversary

Barbara Johnson, Sandra Sermons, and Jane Dunhamn shares stories of their experiences at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington on August 24th, 2013. Listen to it by selecting THIS LINK.

Disparity in treatment of PWD Commission -NJ bill expected to go to Governor

S116 (Rice / Ruiz / Tucker) - Establishes Disparity in Treatment of Persons with Disabilities in Underrepresented Communities Commission in DCA.

This bill is moving toward enactment. The Senate is expected to vote on amendments this week. Both houses voted and passed it last week, but the Senate is voting to approve some technical amendments.

Autism Speaks and National Black Church Initiative Seek to Reduce Age of Autism Diagnosis

Collaboration to address racial disparities, lower the age of diagnosis and improve access to services to improve outcomes for children with autism
New York, N.Y. (June 21, 2013) – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, and the National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), today announced their new collaboration seeking to reduce the average age of diagnosis and to increase access to high-quality early intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the African American community. The collaboration will be piloted in 150 churches in the greater Atlanta area as part of the Autism Speaks Early Access to Care initiative.

Disparities in care for Blacks linked to segregation, unconscious bias

Black patients are less satisfied with care from doctors who show unintentional bias. Highly segregated areas have disparities in lung cancer death rates, research shows.

Two studies published in January highlight the challenges blacks face in accessing equitable, quality health care. In one study, primary care physicians found to have unconscious bias against blacks received
lower marks from their African-American patients on measures of trust and communication skills. Another study found that racial segregation exacerbates disparities in lung cancer mortality. More than 130 Denver-area
primary care doctors and other health professionals such as nurse practitioners took psychological tests that measure implicit bias toward different racial and ethnic groups. Read the entire article in American Medical News

Black Disability Ministry

In my professional experience in working with mainstream and grassroots organizations whose mission is to provide services to people with disabilities, there has always been exclusion and disparities in service delivery by government agencies to Black communities.  Black communities have a disproportionately large population of people with disabilities. Read more »

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