Women and Disability

Women & Disability

Did you know that as many as 1 in 5 of American women have a disability?  The Office on Women's Health provides information and resources important to women with disabilities, as well as caregivers, friends, family members, and others.   

Below you will find a number of resources that may be helpful in exploring these issues.  Please note that this is list is not exhaustive.  Please email Marisa at mboyce@berkeley.edu if you have suggestions for additions to this page.

On Campus

Disabled Students Program

DSP provides academic accommodations and services for UC Berkeley students with disabilities.  Accommodations are made on an individual basis.  

Are Cripples Screwed? (Past Program)

Are Cripples Screwed holds on campus Q&A sessions for students and community members.  In their own words, “ACS will be breaking the stigma that people with disabilities are asexual as we discuss sex in the media, culture, and our own lives.”  ACS has hosted panels in the past that have focused specifically on women and gender.

Local & National

Deaf Hope

Deaf Hope is a local Bay Area organization working to end domestic and sexual violence against Deaf women.  They provide a variety of services including one-on-one advocacy, a hotline, support groups, art therapy, and safety and awareness trainings.

Domestic Violence Initiative for Women with Disabilities

“The mission of the Domestic Violence Initiative for women with disabilities (DVI) is to provide crisis intervention and education to women with disabilities who are survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, caretaker abuse, or stalking. Also, to provide community education training and technical assistance to agencies seeking knowledge of disability and accessibility issues. “

Factsheets on Women with DisAbility

Prepared by the DisAbled Women’s Network Ontario.  These factsheets contain statistics on women living with disabilities.  They could be useful for personal research or for allies looking to learn more about the prevalence of disability among women.  

Feminist Response In Disability Activism (F.R.I.D.A)

FRIDA is a feminist disability rights organization based out of Chicago run for and by women with disabilities.  

GimpGirl Community

GimpGirl is a non-profit organization whose mission is, “to bring women with disabilities together in the spirit of support, positivity and inclusivity. The world of women with disabilities is a complex place, often with no easy answers. We encourage an attitude of self-advocacy and self-efficacy with all of our members and are radically inclusive of all women with disabilities.”

National Center for Gender Issues and AD/HD

 “For girls and women, AD/HD is often a hidden disorder, ignored or misdiagnosed by the educational and medical communities causing these girls and women to suffer in silence. To address this problem, the National Center for Girls and Women with AD/HD was founded in 1997 by Patricia Quinn, M.D. and Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D. to promote awareness, advocacy, and research on AD/HD in women and girls.” (Center closed Dec 2013)