United Spinal to Host Free Webinars in June for Women with Disabilities: Breast Health, Body Image & Self Esteem

NEW YORK, June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association's membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) will host two free webinars in the month of June that will focus on body image & self-esteem and breast health of women living with disabilities.

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"With new TV shows such as Push Girls finally bringing mainstream attention to the issues women with disabilities face, it's time we all take pride in who we are and what we have overcome," said Marlene Perkins, VP of Corporate and Community Relations at United Spinal.

"The webinars not only empower women with disabilities to take charge of all areas of their lives, but offer the opportunity  to come together as a community to embrace each other's talents and abilities," she added.

The first webinar on Body Image & Self-Esteem––June 20th at 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, will discuss the positive and negative factors that affect the self-esteem of women living with disabilities and techniques for improving it. The webinar will also share the results of a study that tested a self-esteem enhancement intervention in the Internet-based 3-D virtual world of Second Life.

Speakers: Margaret Nosek, PhD, Susan Robinson-Whelen, PhD, Rosemary Hughes, PhD, and Pam Mackie, MS, LPC-Intern––Baylor College of Medicine Center for Research on Women with Disabilities

The second webinar Breast Health & Accessibility––June 27th at 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT, will discuss the importance of proper breast health care and how it is crucial to the well-being of women living with disabilities.  It will also provide women with the relevant tools to become their own breast health care advocate.

Speaker: Carole A. Baraldi, RN, MS; Private practice Public Health Nurse Educator

This year, United Spinal has hosted webinars on a variety of disability-related topics––including healthcare, mobility, research, public policy, and veterans issues. You can access all of United Spinal's previous webinars by visiting its online webinar archive.

About United Spinal Association
United Spinal is a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit membership organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post-polio. It played a significant role in writing the Americans with Disabilities Act, and made important contributions to the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. Membership is free and is open to all individuals with SCI/D. United Spinal was instrumental in getting New York City to create sidewalk curb ramps and accessible public transportation that has been used as a model for many United States cities.

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