The Importance of Patient-Provider Communication: Centering Disabled Bodyminds in Medical Care
Please join Sav Schlauderaff (they/them) and Naty Rico (she/her) as they discuss the multiple barriers disabled people face when seeking and accessing medical care. These barriers include medical ableism, ableist stereotypes, and attitudinal, structural, physical, financial and time barriers. Additionally, they will discuss misconceptions around patient-provider communication, especially as it relates to disabled people, and what changes can be made to improve relationships between medical providers and disabled people.
Naty Rico (she/hers) is a physically disabled and neurodivergent first-generation college graduate who serves as the current coordinator of the Disability Cultural Center and is a master’s student in the Higher Education program at the University of Arizona. Originally from South Central Los Angeles, she was raised by parents who immigrated from Mexico. She became a disability advocate due to her experiences with physical inaccessibility and ableism during her undergraduate career in Orange County, where she advocated for campaigns to fund golf cart services and transportation for disabled students on campus. While working at West Los Angeles College, she provided mentorship and support to disabled peers in their pursuits of college and career readiness. Naty has presented about ableism and the exclusion of students with disabilities in college access discourses at conferences across the country.
Sav Schlauderaff, MA, (they/them) is a queer, trans, disabled PhD candidate in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. They combine their academic training in genetics, molecular biology, and gender studies with poetry, autobiography, new media analysis, mixed media art and theoretical work in their writing. Outside of their research, Sav is an access consultant at the Disability Resource Center at the University of Arizona, a member of the Disability Studies Initiative on campus, an editorial board member of Fat Studies: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, and a co-founder of “The Queer Futures Collective” (www.queerfutures.com) which houses their creative/academic work alongside their workshop and teaching content.