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Challenges that persons with disabilities face during natural disasters and through societal intolerance, in addition to year-end Disability Issues Office highlights

This issue of Spotlight on Disability newsletter focuses on the challenges and threats that persons with disabilities face in a variety of situations. These situations could stem from acts of nature such as hurricanes, floods or other natural calamities. Others are societal and can come in the form of intolerance, violence or parental rights. The latter of these issues, parental rights, received national attention with the recent publication of “Rocking the Cradle” by the National Council on Disability. In this newsletter, Dr. Erin Andrews, upcoming Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) co-chair, provides a summary of this report which draws heavily from the APA Guidelines for Assessment of and Intervention with Persons with Disabilities.

Other highlights in this newsletter include a CDIP year-end wrap up and the committee’s goals for next year penned by outgoing chair, Dr. Kim Gorgens. There are also three articles featured that could be of general interest. Two are on violence against people with disabilities and the third summarizes a recent APA convention symposium on assisting people with disabilities during natural disasters. Stefanie Reeves, one of APA’s Government Relations officers, offers an update on the legislative side of disability advocacy. One of the points she highlights is the support for ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She also provides ways of getting involved and staying connected.

We are delighted to share these articles with you and we look forward to your feedback and suggestions for future editions.

About the Author

Mara LunariaMara Lunaria is the administrative coordinator for APA’s Disability Issues Office.