Ableism in Medicine and Clinical Research

April 27-28, 2023 (10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)


National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR), NICHD; Trans-NIH Medical Rehabilitation Coordinating Committee, Office of the NIH Director, NIH


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This 2-day, virtual workshop focuses on awareness and research opportunities to mitigate the effect of “ableism”—defined by the American Psychological Association as prejudice and discrimination aimed at people with disabilities—in both clinical care and the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise.

Scientific sessions during this workshop will focus on ableism across multiple dimensions, including:

  • Ableism as a barrier to clinical care and a contributor to health disparities experienced by people with disabilities
  • Ableism in the biomedical and behavioral scientific workforce and graduate education system
  • Accessibility in biomedical and behavioral research
  • Research opportunities addressing structural and cultural barriers created by ableism

This workshop is intended to inform future research areas in this complex area of public health.

Individuals who need any reasonable accommodations to participate in this activity should contact Carly Sullivan at or 301-318-0841 at least 5 days in advance.

More Information

Read the workshop executive summary (PDF 249 KB)


For registration-related questions:
Carly Sullivan
Phone: 301-318-0841

For program-related questions:
Theresa Cruz, NCMRR, NICHD
Phone: 301-496-9233

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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