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Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities

  • Published: 2009-03-24 (Revised/Updated 2010-06-26) : Author: Hesperian
  • Synopsis: Where There Is No Doctor Spanish edition of the groundbreaking title for women with disabilities and the health workers who assist them.

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A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities/Un manual de salud para mujeres con discapacidad - by Jane Maxwell, Julia Watts Belser, and Darlena David.

All over the world, women with disabilities often discover that social stigmas result in inadequate care, and that these stigmas create a greater barrier to health than the disabilities themselves.

Developed with the help and experience of women with disabilities in 42 countries - women whose disabilities include blindness, deafness, amputations, paralysis, learning difficulties, small stature, epilepsy, arthritis, and cerebral palsy - Hesperian's one-of-a-kind Spanish edition of Un manual de salud para mujeres con discapacidad is the essential resource for health professionals, caregivers, and the women they assist to create a disability-friendly health care plan that doesn't seek to merely describe or rehabilitate. Instead, this book provides crucial information for women with disabilities and the people who assist them to understand one another and, ultimately, create stronger, more inclusive communities.

This book is available for sale or free download, and it contains a lot of useful information.

A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities/Un manual de salud para mujeres con discapacidad addresses topics such as:

advocating for equal rights

caring for daily needs with limited access to equipment

having healthy and safe sexual relationships

choosing the most suitable family planning method

getting pregnant, birthing, and taking care of children

defending against abuse

This book's authors have experience on three continents as health promoters, health writers, and health rights' and disability activists. They are available for interviews.

"A 'must-have' for health professionals, international development organizations, international women's organizations and anyone who believes in equality for women with disabilities." - Susan Sygall, MacArthur Fellow and Co-founder & CEO of Mobility International USA

"Reflects sound practice and the voices and experiences of women with disabilities from around the world. A breakthrough publication!" - Karen Heinicke-Motsch, World Health Organization

"Reliable information on sexuality, childbearing, aging and all the other life processes that affect every woman. An accessible resource for wisdom about our health." - Venus M. Ilagan, Disabled Peoples' International

For more information, call (510) 845-1447. To download this book for free, visit

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