Disability

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If you can't see, you won’t pick up the prevention pamphlet in your doctor’s office.  If you can’t hear, you’ll miss the announcements on the radio about testing.  If you’re in a wheelchair, you might not make it to the clinic on the third floor. If people assume you don’t have sex, nobody will discuss AIDS or condoms with you.  If you’re a woman and don’t have equal rights to begin with, you must deal with all this and more.

Access to HIV information, treatment and care is a huge challenge for disabled people, who make up 15% of the world’s population.  Despite a new international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, they continue to be marginalized in myriad ways.

We have conducted field research in Uganda and Canada in order to develop a solid base of knowledge and expertise in disability and HIV.  We’ve assembled a comprehensive resource guide.  We continue to study and speak out about the issue, to push those who works on AIDS to better address and incorporate the rights and needs of people with disabilities, and those who work on disability to recognize that HIV affects the people with whom they work.