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Illnesses and Disabilities

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Did you know that as many as 1 in 5 of American women have a disability? This section of womenshealth.gov provides information and resources important to women with disabilities, as well as caregivers, friends, family members, and others.


Types of Illnesses and Disabilities

Your health


Everyday living


Your rights

  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Fair Housing Act
  • Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
  • Rehabilitation Act
  • More...

Women veterans with disabilities

  • Veteran's Administration health care
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Military sexual trauma
  • More...

Caregiver support

  • Reducing caregiver stress
  • Caregiving resources in your community

Government in action on illnesses and disabilities

  • ASIST2010
  • BodyWise – Eating disorder educational campaign
  • BodyWorks: A toolkit for healthy girls and strong women
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committe
  • Girlshealth.gov
  • Lupus Education and Awareness
  • National Bone Health Campaign


  • Minority women with disabilities – Minority women with disabilities often face "triple jeopardy" — discrimination on the basis of gender, race, and disability. Besides having to cope with the usual problems of a disability, minority women also have to deal with economic, social, and cultural factors that can hurt their health. For instance, they may not have access to high-quality and affordable health care or they may not get the preventive care they need. Also, minority women are more affected by some debilitating conditions, such as diabetes. To learn more about health problems of special concern to specific groups of women, visit the Minority health section of womenshealth.gov.

Content last updated September 22, 2009.

Resources last updated September 22, 2009.

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