Kim Gorgens, PhD, ABPP
University of Denver
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology, 2012 chair
Disability is ubiquitous — from the personal to the professional. Persons with disability collectively comprise the largest single minority group and rates of even temporary disability increase as the population ages. Issues of cultural insensitivity, stigmatization, underrepresentation and the various barriers to real inclusion (attitudinal, structural/architectural and social) have stymied the evolution of dated paradigms and made it difficult for psychology to foster truly inclusive excellence.
As the current chair of APA’s Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology, I am committed to increasing the visibility of disability across disciplines, settings, contexts and conversations. In particular, I want to highlight the efforts of CDIP and the APA Office on Disability Issues. Some of you may not be fully aware of the resources made possible by these groups — please take a moment to check them out and pass them along. You’ll find these tools are invaluable for clinicians, researchers, administrators, educators, supervisors, trainees as well as policymakers and legislators.
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Contact APA’s Disability Issues Office with questions, concerns or suggestions at:
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750 First Street, NE
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Phone: (202) 336-6038
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