253506 Advocacy and the Disabled Child

Monday, October 31, 2011: 10:30 AM

Charmaine Fitzig, RN, DrPH , University of New York, Retired from- York College of The City, Jamaica, NY
About 52.1 million, or 18% of the American population are disabled. Within that population, it is estimated that 17% are children who are born with disabilities that result in developmental delays. Whether the diagnosis of a disability is made at birth or later, the process and actions needed to respond positively to the even are the same. Although each disabled child is unique in terms of services needed, there are a number of actions that are common to all. Several terms used in the care of disabled children will be defined (advocacy, crisis, disability, individualized education program (IEP), rehabilitation, special needs child and human rights for disabled persons). Case examples will be presented and discussed to illustrate the importance of advocacy.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Explain the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA 1990) Define the role of advocacy List at least two (2) specific activities parents, nurses and teachers can implement to be effective advocates for children who are physically disabled

Keywords: Advocacy, Disability

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My nursing career includes teaching in the undergraduate + graduate level at several universities. Working with headstart, I have developed many workshops for parents and teachers on the care of disabled children.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.