Taking it to the Streets: Mammovan makes breast cancer screenings easier for Metro Washington, DC, area residents

To make early detection of breast cancer accessible to all women in the Washington, D.C., Metro area, the George Washington/Medical Faculty Associates launched the GW Mammovan in 1996. The Mammovan is a mobile screening mammography program, which is accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified by the FDA under the Mammography Quality Standards Act. The Mammovan travels […]


At www.healthcare.gov, the government provides helpful information about health care reform. The site offers help finding insurance options, guidelines on prevention, a web tool for comparing hospitals, and an explanation of health care reform. It also presents information tailored to various populations: individuals, families with children, people with disabilities, seniors, young adults and employers. The section […]

Become a “fan” of AAHD on Facebook

If you have a Facebook account, please become a fan of AAHD. After you register, you’ll receive policy, program and research updates from AAHD on a regular basis. To become a fan, log into Facebook and go to: www.facebook.com.

AAHD Accepting Applications for 2010-2011 AAHD Scholarship

The AAHD Scholarship Program supports undergraduate and graduate students with a disability who are pursuing study in public health, health promotion, disabilities studies, disability policy and disability research. Scholarships are $1,000 or less. Completed applications are due by November 15, and AAHD’s Board of Directors Scholarship Committee evaluates all applicants and awards scholarships in December. Please visit www.aahd.us/scholarship to learn […]

AAHD Summer Membership Campaign in Honor of ADA’s 20th Anniversary

AAHD is embarking on a Summer Membership Campaign in honor of the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. New and renewing AAHD members will receive the discount price of $100.00, which includes a subscription to the peer-reviewed Disability and Health Journal. The Journal is indexed on Scopus, Excerpta Medica, EMBASE, Current Abstracts and TOC Premiere, and will […]

AAHD Receives Grant from Google

Under a grant from Google AdWords, AAHD will create and run ads on Google and the Google advertising network. The AdWords will appear along with search results when someone searches Google using one of the keywords selected by AAHD. Ads will appear under “Sponsored links” on the right side of a search page and sometimes in other areas […]

The “Year of Community Living”

In 2009 — on the 10-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Olmstead v. L.C. — President Obama proclaimed 2009 the “Year of Community Living.” The landmark Supreme Court ruling supported community living options for people with disabilities. Shortly after Obama’s proclamation, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced an initiative to make it easier for older people, younger […]

New York Builds Disability and Minority Interests into RFP Process

As of January 2009, all Requests for Proposals/Applications (RFP/A) issued from New York’s Department of Health, Center for Community Health (CCH) must reflect the needs of people with disabilities and minorities, regardless of where the funding is coming from — the state or the private sector. In March 2010, the policy was extended to the […]

Health Care Reform and People With Disabilities: What’s Ahead?

Nearly three months after the arrival of long-awaited health care reform, many people are not sure how things will change. In May 2010, 44 percent of Americans reported being confused about it, and more than a third of the public do not understand how the new law will affect them and their families.1 The Patient […]

A Tale of Two Countries: The Canadian vs. the American Experience for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities have more unmet health needs than those without disabilities in both Canada and the United States, according to “Disability in two health care systems: Access, quality, satisfaction, and physician contacts among working-age Canadians and Americans with disabilities” by Stephen P. Gulley, Ph.D., M.S.W., and Barbara M. Altman, Ph.D.1 However, the researchers find no […]