Spotlight on Disability Newsletter
A publication of the Office on Disability Issues in Psychology
May 2009 |Vol. 2, No. 1
Much can be learned about the experience of disability by studying how people with disabilities are living, organizing, and advocating for their rights across different social and political conditions.
Disability within the APA
- International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health: APA Update
The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is a comprehensive classification system designed to capture aspects of human functioning in the context of a health condition.
By Lynn Bufka, PhD
- Integration of Disability in the International Context: APA Policy Update
Late last year, APA, working in coalition with the Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), co-hosted a briefing on the relevance of the Convention on the Rights of the Child with regard to Children's Health issues in the U.S. Dr. Harold Cook, one of APA's UN representatives presented APA's perspective at the event.
By Day Al-Mohamed, JD
- APA Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology Call for Nominations
APA's Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) seeks nominations for two new members to begin three-year terms on January 1.
- Welcome Message
According to United Nations (UN) estimates, there are more than 600 million persons with disabilities throughout the world, 70% of them in developing countries. Disability is caused by disease, malnutrition, incorrect treatment or non-treatment, violence and war, accidents due to inadequate protection at the workplace and in traffic situations, and, increasingly, age-related diseases.
By Anju Khubchandani, MA