Reproductive Health for Persons with Disabilities in the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood

October 27, 2021 (1:00-4:30pm ET)


Population Dynamics Branch (PDB), Fertility and Infertility Branch, Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Branch, and Maternal and Pediatric Infectious Disease Branch, Division of Extramural Research (DER), and the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, NICHD


NIH VideoCast; registration is free but required


The transition from adolescence to adulthood can be challenging, especially regarding reproductive health and accessing reproductive healthcare. These challenges are compounded for adolescents with disabilities for various reasons, including gaps in research on best practices and accessing appropriate care. NICHD is gathering experts from a variety of disciplines to help identify scientific gaps in the preventive reproductive health needs of adolescents and young adults with physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities.

Topics for discussion during this meeting include:

  • Barriers to and facilitators of appropriate care (including accessing knowledgeable providers, continuity of care, and provision and receipt of preventive counseling and screening services during visits)
  • Effective use of existing reproductive health interventions, medications, and devices
  • Inclusion in relevant and appropriate research

Participants also will consider commonalities and differences among different types of disability populations to determine when uniform and separate approaches may be needed. The meeting scope is inclusive of persons of all gender identities.

Individuals who need reasonable accommodations to participate in this activity should contact Alexandra Simpson at at least 5 days in advance.

More Information

Learn more about the meeting and register to attend external link


For registration-related questions:
Alexandra Simpson, CMP

For workshop-related questions:
Dr. Rosalind King, PDB, DER, NICHD
Phone: 301-435-6986

Please note: Views expressed during NICHD-sponsored events do not necessarily reflect the opinions or the official positions of NICHD, NIH, or HHS.
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