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Culturally Competent Healthcare: Differently Abled

Journals, search strategies, books, websites, and organizations to enhance practitioner cultural competency

Library Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

The library, as part of Midwestern University, is dedicated to effect change, overcome inequities, promote greater diversity, and establish a culture of inclusivity that celebrates diversity. We pledge our commitment to undo inequities that exist in policies and practices, advance values of diversity and inclusion, and to create a truly equitable environment for faculty, staff, and students.

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Better Health for People with Disabilities

World Health Organization. Better health for people with disabilities. Over 1 billion people globally experience disability. 1 in 7 people. People with disabilities have the same general health care needs as others, but they are: 2x more likely to find health care providers’ skills and facilities inadequate, 3x more likely to be denied health care, 4x more likely to be treated badly in the health care system. ½ of people with disabilities cannot afford health care. They are 50% more likely to suffer catastrophic health expenditure. These out of pocket health care payments can push a family into poverty. Rehabilitation and assistive devices can enable people with disabilities to be independent. 200 mil people need classes or other low-vision devices and do not have access to them. 70 mil people need a wheelchair. Only 5-15% have access to one. 360 mil people globally have moderate to profound hearing loss. Production of hearing aids only meets 10% of global need; 3% of developing countries’ needs. Making all health care services accessible to people with disabilities is achievable and will reduce unacceptable health disparities. Remove physical barriers to health facilities, information, and equipment; make health care affordable; train all health care workers in disability issues including rights, invest in specific services, such as rehabilitation. Source: World report on disability: www.who.int/disabilites/world-report

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