Annual Report – 2010

Annual Report – 2010

December 6, 2010

The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) is the voice of disability in nursing. As we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), more and more people with disabilities are finding a place in our profession, and we believe that NOND has an important role in identifying and addressing barriers to their successful education and nursing practice. Our all-volunteer, charitable, non-profit organization continues to open doors for students and nurses with disabilities. During 2010, we concentrated our efforts on re-conceptualizing disability within the nursing profession, while providing one to one personalized connections with individuals who contact NOND to request assistance.

Despite limited financial resources in 2010, NOND provided outreach to local, state, national and international communities and accomplished the following:

  • Met with Dr. Tom Shakespeare, World Health Organization Technical Officer, Disability and Rehabilitation Team (DAR) in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss the inclusion of nurses with disabilities in the forthcoming World Report on Disability
    and Rehabilitation.
  • Initiated talks with national leaders within the cross-disability community and with U.S. Federal Government agencies to create awareness that people with disabilities can become, and are, nurses. Sessions addressed educational and attitudinal barriers that prevent people with disabilities from successful entry to practice in nursing and other healthcare professions.
  • Wrote and submitted a recommendation to President Obama’s Special Assistant on Disability Policy about opening healthcare professions and jobs (a high growth employment area) to people with disabilities.
  • Initiated talks with the U.S. Dept. of Labor Assistant Secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy to sponsor a healthcare career summit in May 2011 in Chicago, IL; followed up the initial contact in meetings with key U.S. Government officials, including the Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
  • Presented a full-day workshop at the annual AHEAD (Association for Higher Education and Disability) Conference held in Denver, Colorado, entitled “Opening Doors for Nursing Students with Disabilities: Disability Service Professionals as Change Agents.”
  • Increased website visits 14.5 %, with “hits” coming from every state in the U.S. and 92 countries/territories. Through, we generated a continuing education program accredited by the Illinois Nursing Association.
  • Utilized our volunteer board member experts to respond to an increasing number of requests for information and assistance directed to disability and accommodation issues; provide resources to higher education faculty; address employment questions; and offer support for disability research.

NOND is on track with its 2008 Strategic Plan but we need your help. The demand for our educational services has greatly increased during 2010 and our work is more important than ever. This increased demand for services is indicative of the progress NOND has made since the organization was founded in 2003.

NOND Board of Directors
Sarah Ailey, PhD, RN – IL, Treasurer
Stacey Carroll, PhD, RN – MA
Rosemary Ciotti, RN, MSN, CRNP – VA
Bronwynne Evans, PhD, RN – AZ, First Vice President
George Hamilton III, MPA – OR
Karen J. McCulloh, BS, RN – IL, Immediate Past President
Candice Moore, RN MSN – IL
Martha Smith, MA – OR