Despite the prevalence of people with disabilities, the burden of disability itself is not equitable across the population, leading some individuals with disabilities to experience greater levels of burden than others. The aim of this symposium is to discuss various barriers to engaging in healthy living among adults with spinal cord injury (SCI). The first paper examines – from the perspective of adults with physical disabilities – the attitudinal barriers encountered to healthy living. The second provides an overview of existing literature on barriers to healthy eating encountered by people with disability. The final paper evaluates patient and provider perspectives on barriers and facilitators for engaging in Internet delivery of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy among those with SCI. Adopting healthy living lifestyles have the potential to reduce secondary complications and improve quality of life amongst those with SCI.
Describe the importance of healthy eating to healthy living in people with disability and identify at least 3 barriers to healthy eating in people with disability
To understand the relationship between barriers to health living and societal attitudes.
To understand why adults with physical disabilities perceive the barriers they encountered as being rooted in societal attitudes.
To identify importance of mental health care in the rehabilitation of those with spinal cord injury
To evaluate barriers to accessing online mental health care through the perspectives of persons with lived experiences and care providers