An important survey has been launched to gather information about disabled women’s access to healthcare.
We know through personal stories that women in wheelchairs are not getting equal access. They struggle to get contraception, regular cervical cancer screenings and mammograms.
Dr Sarah Floud, a lead researcher based at the University of Oxford said: “While taking part in screening is a personal choice, our research suggests that women with disabilities may not have equal access to screening programmes, simply because medical centres lack the necessary hoists.”*
It is essential disabled women are not excluded from health screening. We need to raise awareness of this risk to the sexual and reproductive health of disabled women so they can receive equal healthcare.
Now Trailblazers, the powerful young disabled campaigning team, has launched a new survey on Disabled Women’s Access to Healthcare, to run for between three and six months. This forms part of their campaign which focuses on cervical screenings.
Trailblazers are gathering information about the experiences of those who are missing health screenings, often over many years, simply because medical centres lack hoists.
It is only with screening availability and awareness raising that we allow disabled women to lead full and healthy lives.
Fiona Anderson, recently named Campaigner of the Year by Muscular Dystrophy UK, blogged about her inability to arrange a cervical screening, despite trying to work with health professionals, due to a lack of hoist.
We really need to hear your experiences so please do fill in the survey here.