Disabled Women on the Web

Disabled Women on the Web

Young Women with Disabilities


Alexandra Jefferds

Alexandra Jefferds is a eenage wheelchair designer. See an article about Jefferds on Disability World.
Jefferds' home page

Harilyn Rousso

Rousso, H. (1997, Fall 1997). “Role models: Planting seeds of positive possibilities”. One in Ten, 17, 11-12.

Rousso, H. (2001). “Strong Proud Sisters: Girls and Young Women with Disabilities”. Washington, D.C.: Center for Women’s Policy Studies.

Sarah Triano

“Sarah Louise Triano has dedicated her life to promoting a culture that teaches new values and beliefs and acknowledges the dignity and worth of all people, and to mentoring children with disabilities in order to ensure they do not grow up feeling ashamed of their disabilities.

She received her BA in History of Public Policy from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), graduating valedictorian, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Next, she assisted the National Council of Disability (NCD) in the creation of the National Youth leadership Development Conference in Washington, DC. In 2001, Sarah co-founded the National Disabled Students Union.

Currently, Sarah is the Director of the nation's first locally-based leadership and organizing training program for disabled youth, Y.I.E.L.D. the Power to the Youth, at Access Living in Chicago, IL.

She has published articles and given speeches that directly attack existing definitions of disability in the dominant culture and attempt to awaken the consciousness of disabled people (who have traditionally been excluded from the disability movement). These include an NCD report, Lift Every Voice: Modernizing Disability Policies and Programs to Serve a Diverse National, and Coming Home to Disabled Country, which was distributed in 2001 through the Justice-For-All national e-mail network.” (from the American Association of People with Disabilities)


Congressional Briefing Papers on Health Care [type “disabled” into search box for best results]

CA Legislative Briefing Papers on Education

Ferreyra, N. (2001). Living Out Loud: Building Resiliency in Adolescent Girls with Disabilities. [2001, September 10,2001].


Education for Disability and Gender Equity


NICHY. (1990). Having a Daughter With a Disability: Is it Different For Girls?, News Digest #14 (14). National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities [2001].

SARDI. Substance Abuse and Students with Disabilities - Little Known Facts, [online booklet]. Substance Abuse Resources & Disability Issues (SARDI) [2001].

Triano, S. (2000). Categorical Eligibility for Special Education: The Enshrinement of the Medical Model in Disability Policy (Fall 2000, Vol. 20, No. 4), [online journal]. Disability Studies Quarterly. [2003, 9-29-2003].


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