Breast Health Access for Women with Disabilities (BHAWD)

Breast Health Access for Women with Disabilities (BHAWD)


Format             Community partnership

Breast Health Access for Women with Disabilities (BHAWD) is a community partnership of women with disabilities, breast cancer survivors, medical professionals and disability rights organizations, which has four primary goals:  eliminate barriers that prevent women with disabilities from obtaining early cancer screening services; develop alternative techniques and protocols for clinical care; increase awareness, sensitivity, and knowledge through publications and seminars; and identify public policy issues to facilitate changes in state and national programs.  BHAWD provides an accessible clinic for self-breast exam education and training, breast exams, and referral for mammograms when needed; an accessible mammography facility; educational outreach to women with disabilities and to personal assistants; and technical assistance and a health care provider training program.  The training program includes a variety of training components: including mammography training especially designed for Mammography Technologists on how to provide mammography for women with disabilities (an ASRT-credited training module); publications which include clinical protocols adapted for women with disabilities, a provider’s guide on the examination and screening for women with disabilities, and a brochure on breast self-examination for women with disabilities; and a mammography accessibility assessment pilot project to assess mammography accessibility and integrate universal accessibility features into mammography facilities’ services.

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Contact Name          

Florita Maiki

Contact Agency      

BHAWD c/o Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Herrick Campus
Rehabilitation Services
2001 Dwight Way, 2nd Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 204-4866
(510) 204-4574 (TDD)
(510) 204-5892 (FAX)