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Cawthon Presents Disability Research at Children’s Hospital Colorado

By May 13, 2024No Comments


Medical faculty and staff will receive training from Executive Director Dr. Stephanie Cawthon about the Center's disability research findings, improving accessibility, and recognizing ableism.

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Children’s Hospital Colorado has invited Executive Director Stephanie W. Cawthon, PhD, to provide multidisciplinary presentations on disability research for their medical faculty and staff on May 14 at its Child Mental Health Annual Training Meeting and their Pediatric Mental Health Grand Rounds.

Disability is Human

For the annual training meeting, Dr. Cawthon will present “Disability is Human: Building an Accessibility Mindset from the Inside Out.”

This interactive workshop will address the foundational concepts of disability research and explain how access is more than simply providing accommodations to disabled colleagues, students, and patients. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Understand their own lens on disability and how it affects them and their work to improve accessibility. 
  • Learn to recognize ableism in its many forms.
  • Build accessibility into protocols and processes.

Center Findings from Incubation to Launch

Dr. Cawthon will then join the Pediatric Mental Health Grand Rounds to present “From Incubation to Launch: Findings from the New National Disability Center for Student Success.” 

In response to interest about the Center’s mission and initial findings, Dr. Cawthon will share her insights and expertise about innovating a disabled-led, student-centered approach to research and establishing an actionable research foundation for higher education — including medical schools and training programs. 

In addition to providing a research update, she will explain the issues that are most important to Center stakeholders: 

  • Improving accessibility
  • Understanding disabled experiences
  • Reducing ableism
  • Providing inclusive education
  • Addressing mental health crisis
  • Embracing intersectionality

About Children’s Hospital Colorado

Founded in 1908, Children’s Hospital Colorado is a private, not-for-profit pediatric healthcare network dedicated 100% to caring for kids. It has more than 3,000 pediatric specialists and more than 8,000 full-time employees. 

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