Special Emphasis Theme

Disability in Native America: Causes, Impacts, Solutions

There are 562 federally-recognized tribes in the United States. Indigenous peoples have shown great resilience and strength as they confront long-standing challenges. One such challenge is that Native Americans have the highest rate of disability of any group in the United States, experience onset of disability earlier, and have two to three times the rate of chronic conditions of other groups. Many Native Americans with disabilities are either unserved or underserved and face significant disparities in the areas of prevention, access to health and other services, community support and independent living.

The 2017 Southwest Conference on Disability is seeking contributions that focus on one or more of three areas:

  • What are the primary causes of disability among Native Americans? What factors, including social determinants, contribute to the higher rate of disability? What barriers exist to reducing the prevalence of disability among Native Americans?
  • What are the health, economic and cultural impacts of disability among Native Americans, including family members and Native American communities?
  • What best or promising practice programs exist that have been shown to be successful in preventing disability, or providing culturally appropriate health and other services, including community supports, to Native Americans with disabilities?

The deadline for proposals is May 30th, 2017.