Publications by INWWD members

“Inaccessible Justice: Persons with Disabilities and the Legal System,” International Law Society of America, Journal of International and Comparative Law, 17 ILSA J. Int’l & Comp. L. 281 (Spring 2011). available at: under ‘Recent Publications’.

“The Forgotten Peace Builders: Women with Disabilities,” Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review, 33 Loy. L.A. Int’l & Comp. L.Rev. 83 (2010.), available at: under ‘Recent Publications’.

Recommendations to the Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women to include women and girls with disabilities as the Committee elaborates a “General Recommendation on Women in Conflict and Post-conflict Situations,” 10 June 2011, available at and under ‘Recent Publications’.

Recommendations to UN Women for Action to Advance the Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities in the United Nations System, March, 2011, available at under ‘Recent Publications’.

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) and Women Enabled: ‘The Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities’ – By Carolyn Frohmader and Stephanie Ortoleva (July 2013)
This Paper was written by WWDA’s Executive Director (Carolyn Frohmader) and the President of Women Enabled (Stephanie Ortoleva) for the ICPD Beyond 2014 International Conference on Human Rights held at the Hague, Netherlands from 7 – 10 July 2013. The Conference was part of the United Nations (UN) mandated review of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action. The Conference was hosted by the Government of The Netherlands, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). It focused on the nexus between human rights, equality, accountability and population and development, with a focus on gender, discrimination, empowerment and sexual and reproduction health and rights. Carolyn Frohmader participated on the International Reference Committee for the Conference, providing technical advice, assisting with the development of the Conference Program, and advocating strongly for women with disabilities to be included on the invitation only participant list, and to be included in all Conference deliberations and outcome documents. This Paper ‘The Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities’, was commissioned by the Conference organisers to inform this work. Copyright July 2013.

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  1. To Whom it May Concern,

    My name is Gracye W. Reed, I’m an African-American, handicapped woman. People tell me; that these three things should and work for me and help me with this. All I’m asking is to give some of us the help we need to do what we have to do in our life’s. That way we can help those, that are having the same problem and we can help ourselves. Banks and others like them don’t give us a second look because we don’t have nothing to give for collateral. How can we give something that we don’t have ore get. Please read all of this! I’ve been in a wheelchair for over 29 years. I am 44 years old. (Can I ask you a question; if you, your wife or someone in your life had to go for a vacation and little fun; or finding somewhere to work. And one of you or the both of you were in wheelchairs and there no place for you to go! What would you do?) We need a place like this and we need some of your financial help!!!!!

    Let me tell you more about what I’m trying to do and who this is for! This retreat will have benefits for ALL the disabled. This place is also going green throughout the whole retreat, recycling water, recycling energy and recycling cans, paper and glass and much more. The outlook of the retreat as well as the drawing and signs, which I have.

    Employment: This retreat will bring a lot of job opportunities for many people in different ways, if you are disabled or not disabled. I strongly encourage the disabled people to work at this retreat and others that may open.

    Example: cooks, waiters, waitresses, housekeepers, therapists and so much more.

    The Retreat: Wheeling Comforts bed and breakfast retreat includes; a rode Iron Gate that will be around the whole retreat, recycling Center, R-V parking lot, There’s a park named “Victory Park ” one side for us and another for a Celebrity wing. It also includes a guest parking lots, vegetable garden and fruit trees. Then you have the Petty James Reeds Banquet /Conference/Faculty Hall. Wheeling Comforts has a pool and hot tub, men’s and women’s restrooms and “The Cage”, which is the place to have weddings and parties etc. The front of the retreat is a yard. There will be various electrical outlets in the brick fence around yard and house. You have in the house, dining rooms and kitchens and all of the other places where events can be held! There is a large size house, within the house there is a living room, laundry rooms, dining room, kitchen, hall-ways; Pantry & Linen closets, bedrooms & bathrooms. The rooms are named after “stones of the earth”. On the back side of the main house are more various electrical outs and Side-walks that lead you in many directions. One of the ways goes to the day-care, laundry rooms, and staff rooms. In the Courtyard, there are ten rooms. In the middle of the ten rooms, you have the Courtyards. Then you come to the gates of the celebrity wing, and they can have the same fun, with their own privacy as well. In there is a kitchen, dining room, day care, a small park, storage, laundry rooms, the other side of the retreat, and the celebrity wing parking lot. On both sides of the retreat, on the outside gates there are a dog runs and above that a cat runs. On the outer outside wall, on the other side of the Celebrity wing is the gift shop, salon and Medical center.

    Example: There will be special equipment for the disabled people so they can get in and out of the pools, bathtubs and bed; as well as having special vehicles with lifts and ramps etc for all guest and employees.

    Medical and Therapy center: There is a Medical center for any type of emergency or medical needs, for all staff and customers, until the paramedics arrive. A therapy on call for your therapy needs. A psychiatrist, there on call for those needing that back up in life. You also have on the outside wall, a salon and gift shop-Medical supply, everything within this place has the A-D-A requirements.

    There are many places to hold special events and parties like (1) both sides of Victory Park (2) The Cage, (3) The Petty James Reed Banquet/Conference/ hall. (4) Pool and Hot Tub Areas (5) Courtyard (6) Celebrity wing, only Celebrities here. In all of these places, you will be able to hear music from the stereo systems; we will also be able to break off or change the music in many ways and areas around the retreat as needed. So we can have many events at the same time. I would love to give us, the disabled a place of our own. A place to come and have some fun (if needed and a place to work.) We have Know comfortable place to do anything like this!!!! It will be the first. I’m also have my none-profit, Willing Comforts Centers INC. With this I’ll be able to give to the ones that feel the world has forgotten them. With the both of these will be working together, I’ll be able to do a little more, also both of these have been patent. So if you can help us, we would greatly appreciate it; and can help the disabled community get back into the world and give them a little place to call their own!

    (Answer me this? People tell you, that you have help out here in this world. And you can’t find them out there! They say, being handicapped doors should open for you. Where is the help and where is that opened door or that door to knock on for that help?)
    I would love it if the TV show; Extreme Home Make Over, could or would give us the helping hand we need for this. Why is the disabled community looked over. Why is it when a disabled person have something they have to do there’s no help, nobody willing give it to us, and doors slammed in our faces. Please help the disabled community with this special project-program with some of your financial help, we can. Help those who need jobs, those that are handicapped and want to work and those that just need a place like this to relax, and have some fun and just want to get away in life. If you will help us out on this year! You and I can answer the prayers of those that need help!


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