The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure are excited to launch Project Accessibility USA: Removing Barriers for Women with Disabilities. This innovative community project is a “win/win” opportunity to support Susan G. Komen affiliates and grantees continue their efforts to be community leaders in providing quality services to women with disabilities and addressing their breast health needs.
Women with disabilities, a medically underserved population, are at an increased risk of breast cancer mortality and are significantly less likely than women without a disability to receive a clinical breast exam (CBE) and recommended mammogram screenings. This disparity is often due to physical, environmental, cultural and attitudinal barriers.
Project Accessibility USA will assist Susan G. Komen Affiliate grantees as they help end this disparity. The project will support Susan G. Komen Affiliate grantees as they provide accessible, high-quality breast health services to women with disabilities in their communities and continue as leaders in providing inclusive services.
AAHD is partnering with the University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s Center on Development and Disability to offer these services at no cost to Komen affiliates and grantees.
- On-site facility visit and technical assistance to improve facility accessibility for selected screening grantees;
- Innovative and engaging interactive educational on-line training and professional development modules to increase staff awareness regarding mammography accessibility for women with disabilities; and
- Access to material on the new on-line Breast Health Accessibility Resource Portal currently being developed for use by all Komen grantees.
Visit the Project Accessibility USA website: www.project-accessibility-usa.org, as well as the following:
Project Accessibility USA: Mammography Facility Assessment
Project Accessibility USA: Quick Guide to Interacting with Women with Disabilities
Removing Barriers for Women with Disabilities: Improving Accessibility And Breast Health For Women With Disabilities
Please check back to http://www.aahd.us/initiatives/susan-g-komen-grants/#12 for updates.