Women with disabilities need the same general health care as women without disabilities. They may also require additional care to address their individual and specific needs. The most common cause of disability for women is arthritis (i.e., osteoarthritis, rheumatism, fibromyalgia, lupus). Many women with disabilities may not receive regular health screenings as recommended, such as mammograms or a Pap test.
Adults with disabilities report experiencing frequent mental distress almost five times as often as adults without disabilities. Frequent mental distress is associated with poor health behaviors, increased use of health services, mental disorders, chronic disease, and limitations in daily life.
- Having a disability does not mean a person can’t be healthy.
- Being healthy means getting and staying in good physical, mental, and emotional health so you can lead a full, active life. That means having the information and tools to make healthy choices and knowing how to prevent illness.