The Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD) is a research center that focuses on issues related to health, aging, civil rights, abuse, and independent living. CROWD's purpose is to promote, develop, and disseminate information to expand the life choices of women with disabilities so that they may fully participate in community life. More specifically, researchers develop and evaluate models for interventions to address specific problems effecting women with disabilities.
The Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD) is dedicated to conducting research and disseminating information to expand the life choices of women with disabilities so that they may be fully participating members of their communities. The proportion of women with disabilities in the population of the United States is substantial and growing. According to the 1992 U.S. Census, there are more than 26 million women with disability-related work limitations, comprising 20% of the population of women as a whole. They face significantly higher rates of unemployment and poverty, and are confronted with more serious barriers to obtaining education, Social Security benefits, health care, and health insurance than men with disabilities and women in general. Since its establishment in 1992, the Center has conducted research and training activities on issues related to the health, independence, and community integration of women and men with physical disabilities, primarily with funding from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research at the U.S. Department of Education.
The Center's staff include Margaret A. Nosek, Ph.D., director and principal investigator, three collaborating senior investigators, a communications specialist, a statistician, a post-doctoral fellow, and five full-time support staff. Dr. Nosek, Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine, is an internationally recognized authority on issues of concern to women with disabilities and independent living for persons with disabilities. She is actively involved in efforts to advance the state of research and services for persons with disabilities. The Center is especially committed to research training and career advancement for persons with disabilities. Nine of the Center's staff have physical disabilities; Dr. Nosek, herself, is a person with a severe physical disability.
One of the Center's most notable accomplishments is the establishment of a database on psychosocial behaviors of women with physical disabilities compared to women without disabilities. This database contains 950 responses to a comprehensive national survey and is providing the first empirical data on a population of women with physical disabilities, ages 18 through 65. Current studies are examining health promotion for women with disabilities and violence against women with disabilities. Findings from this research have been introduced into undergraduate and graduate medical training at Baylor College of Medicine and continuing education courses for a broad range of medical practitioners. The Center receives and fills more than 1,000 requests per year for information on its research findings. Staff are expanding efforts to conduct trainings and disseminate materials targeting a variety of audiences, including medical professionals, allied health professionals, counselors, social workers, educators, policy analysts, and consumers.
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Baylor College of Medicine
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Last update: 1/5/1999
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