Title:Safe haven workshop: enhancing accessibility in Alberta’s women’s shelters.
Corporate Author: Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities
Subject:Women – programs, services|split|Disabilities – physical, mental – general|split|Housing – temporary, emergency, homelessness
Publisher:Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities
Place of Publication:Edmonton
Date of Publication:2009
Why are women with disabilities under-represented at women’s shelters? Some of the barriers to accessing shelter services are practical, measurable limitations such as insufficient access to transportation, an inability to enter a building by wheelchair, or a lack of alternatives to print materials. However, the women we spoke to when conducting our research said that attitudinal barriers and a lack of understanding were the most significant obstacles they encountered when accessing shelter services.
This workshop aims to address these concerns by raising awareness among women’s shelters’ staff members and management regarding the unique situations faced by women with disabilities who seek their services. Workers need to understand why women with disabilities are vulnerable, how they can adapt their approaches to meet the needs of these women, and how to support them in appropriate and respectful ways.