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Disability and Health State Chartbook - 2006 Profiles of Health for Adults With Disabilities

Disability and Health State Chartbook - 2006 Profiles of Health for Adults With Disabilities

How can you use this information?

The information in this Chartbook can be shared with leaders and decision makers in your community, state, or territory. It is important that everyone understands that a person with a disability can be as healthy as someone without a disability. But, if people with disabilities smoke too much, do not get enough exercise, or cannot get health care, then they may not be as healthy. Laws, policies, and programs that help people with healthy choices and behaviors or remove barriers to them will ensure that people with disabilities have the best chance of being healthy.

For example, a person who uses a wheelchair may want to take a class about how to stop smoking—the building where the class is located needs to have ramps and elevators so that a person can get to the class. A person with poor eyesight may need information in large print about how to exercise. These are two examples of how people with disabilities can have access to the health resources used by people who do not have a disability.

Where can you get more information about improving the health of people with disabilities?
Many resources about how people with disabilities can improve their health are available to them, their families, and service providers. The organizations in the following section can provide information to people across the country about how to improve their health. In addition, your local or state health department is also a good resource for health programs available in your community.

 

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