Intersectionality matters….here are some reasons why…
- Disparities in health and life expectancy for minority people with with disabilities reflect broader trends of inequality in the U.S.
- People with disabilities confront complex and overlapping stereotypes, assumptions, and false beliefs regarding both disability and race, including when obtaining medical care.
- Blacks and Hispanics with disabilities self-report lower health outcomes than do their white peers.
- Race can literally determine survival. In one study, the three factors most closely associated with increased mortality of children with Down syndrome were: a) low birth rate; b) presence of congenital heart defects; and c) race/ethnicity.
- Race can play a significant role in the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of a condition, such as in the case of mental illness. Even when displaying the same symptoms, a Black patient is more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia while a White patient would be labeled with an affective disorder. (See here.)
- 48% of Black…
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