Presenters: Kara Ayers & Leah Smith
According to recent reports from the CDC, suicide rates among our nation’s youth have increased 56% since 2007. Further reports shows that youth with disabilities are 4 times more likely to have suicidal ideation than their nondisabled peers. In an effort to address this at-risk but underserved population, we have developed curriculum that will give young people the tools to navigate the ableism and stigma they experience as a person with a disability. We plan to discuss this curriculum along with our current work through the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities, focused on the medical discrimination that people with disabilities often face when seeking mental healthcare in times of crisis.