Annual Report – 2009
The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) opens doors for students and nurses with disabilities. During our sixth year, we continue efforts to reframe the prevailing question in nursing: “Do people with disabilities have a place in the nursing profession? We believe the question should be, “What barriers do people with disabilities experience in nursing education and practice and how can they be eliminated?” Given an aging nursing workforce and nationwide shortage, we must create and implement strategies aimed at re-conceptualizing disability within the nursing profession.
In 2009, we did the following:
- Responded to more than 100 requests for information and assistance with ADA questions, disability issues and resources in higher education and employment, and support for disability research.
- Received almost 300,000 “hits” on our website at www.NOND.org from almost every state in the United States and 24 countries.
- Added several new webpages including Nurses with Disabilities Making a Difference webpage featuring Dr. Liz Perkins and Institutions Promoting Excellence in Disability Rights and Accommodations highlighting the longstanding commitment of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.
- Developed innovative CEUs that are offered online and accredited by the Illinois Nursing Association.
- Students with Disabilities: A Paradigm Shift
- Opening Doors for Nursing Students with Disabilities: Building Capacity for Success
- Not Able, Terribly Different: Do Nursing Students with Disabilities Need to Be “Fixed”?
- How Can They be Nurses?
Our 2008 Strategic Plan is ongoing and this is where we continue to need your help. NOND is poised to be the voice of disability in nursing. NOND is growing, our work is now more important than ever and we invite you to join us in our efforts.