Maternal Health & Disability: The Accessibility of Motherhood – A Workshop on Disability and Pregnancy

November 1, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Maternal Health & Disability: The Accessibility of Motherhood – A Workshop on Disability and Pregnancy @ online

The Accessibility of Motherhood: A Virtual Workshop on Disability and Pregnancy
November 1 – 3 at 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET
Register for the workshop.

ACL’s National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research and the NIH Center on Child Health and Human Development are hosting a virtual workshop about disability and pregnancy.

Although existing research documents that women with disabilities experience inequities with reproductive health and quality of life compared to women without disabilities, the research remains nascent and incomplete. Further evidence is needed to expose and support the actions that improve equity for women with disabilities. The goal of this three-day interactive workshop of stakeholders is to identify priority areas of focus and create momentum for the research agenda needed to address inequities in pregnancy outcomes and related health care among women with disabilities, especially the inequities experienced by those from underserved and underrepresented populations.
Monday, November 1 — Stakeholders: Women with Disabilities
Moderator: Erin Andrews, Psy.D., ABPP, Psychology Program Manager, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs; Associate Professor, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin

• Heather Watkins, Disability Advocate, Author, Blogger and Mother
• Jennifer Senda, Disabled Parenting Project, National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities
Tuesday, November 2 — Disability and Pregnancy: Health Care Providers
Moderator: Kristi Kirschner, M.D., Clinical Professor, The University of Illinois College of Medicine, Department of Medical Education

• Jeanne Alhusen, Ph.D., C.R.N.P., R.N., F.A.A.N., Associate Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research, University of Virginia School of Nursing
• Tiffany Panko, M.D., M.B.A., Research Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
Wednesday, November 3 — Disability and Pregnancy Researchers
Moderator: Monika Mitra, Ph.D., Nancy Lurie Marks Associate Professor of Disability Policy and Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability, Policy, Brandeis University

• Hilary Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Society, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
• Eric Rubenstein, Ph.D., Sc.M., Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
We really value your insights and invite you to join the conversation with your input, questions, and engagement with the moderators and panel members for the last portion of each session.

The workshop registration closes October 25. Space is limited.

The workshop events will include real-time captioning and remote video American Sign Language interpreting. Presentations slides will be emailed to attendees prior to the event. If you need other disability-related accommodations, please specify your needs on the registration form. If you have any difficulties registering, please email