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Thematic Area: Improving the Health of People with Disabilities

Focus Area: Improving Health

People with disabilities need health care and health programs for the same reasons anyone else does – to stay well, active, and a part of the community.  To be healthy, people with disabilities need to be included in health programs and services that meets their needs as a whole person, not just as a person with a disability.  

There are major health gaps that make it more challenging for a portion of the estimated 37 to 57 million American people with disabilities to be healthy. This Division works to make sure that no one is left behind, that people of all different abilities are able to live their life to the fullest.  When children and adults with disabilities receive needed programs, services and health care across their lifespan, they can reach their full potential, have an improved quality of life, and experience independence. We want to make every person count and are committed to equity in health of people with disabilities at every stage of life.