Reeve Celebrates Women's History Month

Posted by Reeve Staff in Life After Paralysis on March 14, 2022 # Community Education

Two Women talking In honor of Women's History Month, the Reeve Foundation is dedicated to lifting the voices of women living with paralysis through bloggers who offer their perspectives and experiences. We also present a wide array of resources that address various aspects of paralysis and the unique needs of women to enhance their quality of life. Here are a few highlights of some of our webinars, vital tools and resources specifically for women.

Webinars

Disabled Women Make History

In collaboration with Disability EmpowHer Network, the Foundation will be presenting "Disabled Women Make History," a free webinar featuring a panel discussion with three extraordinary women living with paralysis, on March 9, 2022. Curran Brown, Jill Moore, and Liz Persaud will explore the complexities, struggles, and accomplishments that they have experienced living with paralysis. Stephanie Woodward, Executive Director of Disability EmpowHer Network, will be leading this crucial conversation.

In July of 2021, Stephanie Woodward started a monthly blog series called Disabled Women Make History. This webinar will be an extension of the series to continue to celebrate the achievement of women with disabilities.

"Women and Aging with Paralysis" provided a much-needed exploration of this topic to help women better understand what to expect as they age and realize that they are not the only ones going through these changes.

"Empowering Women Living with Paralysis: Breaking Barriers to Reproductive Health" provided strategies for overcoming these barriers. The presenters will share their personal experiences as women living with paralysis in addressing challenges, they have faced in obtaining reproductive healthcare.

Booklets, Factsheets and more

Women's Mental Health After Paralysis Booklet

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 27 million women in the U.S. have disabilities. Everyday activities, such as bowel and bladder routines, grooming, using the phone and computer, cooking, and traveling to and from work, will need to be adjusted. These changes in day-to-day life and abilities, many women may find it difficult to make the transition and experience mental health difficulties. The Women's Mental Health After Paralysis Booklet offers tools on navigating life after paralysis and enhancing quality of life.

Women with Disabilities factsheet

Women with disabilities may need special care to address their individual needs. Research has shown that many women with disabilities may not receive regular health screenings within recommended guidelines due to many issues such as lack of accessible transportation and physical barriers in physician offices. This factsheet will connect you with disability-specific information and resources to assist women with disabilities.

The Reeve Foundation also offers Self Advocacy brochure as a great resource that gives tips and tricks on how to better advocate for yourself and your individualized needs. Also, review our YouTube channel for videos with information specific to women's sexual health, pregnancy and more.

You can reach our team of Information Specialists at this number, 1-800-539-7309 or on our website at Ask us anything - Reeve Foundation (christopherreeve.org) for more information on the services and programs the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation can provide.

To learn more about the free programs and services that the National Paralysis Resource Center offers, please contact [email protected].

The National Paralysis Resource Center website is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $8,700,000 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.