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Disabled Mom and Activist Wins National Health Leadership Award
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Sept. 3, 2002 -- Activist and author Judi Rogers,an occupational therapist and disabled mother of two who drew on her experience to help Berkeley-area disabled parents care for their children, will receive the 2002 Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program award at its September 24 ceremony in Washington, D.C. Rogers, on the staff of Through the Looking Glass, will receive $15,000 as a personal award and $105,000 for programs at Through the Looking Glass.

Rogers's speciality is in developing adaptive babycare equipment for parents with disabilities. Interviewing disabled women for her book "Mother to Be: A Guide to Pregnancy and Birth for Women with Disabilities" fueled her commitment to improving healthcare practices, she says. In her development of babycare adaptations for parents with physical disabilities she has been able to offer ingenious solution because of being a parent herself, says the organization's press release (Read the press release at

Through the Looking Glass's National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, provides information, consultation and resources for the nearly 11 million parents with disabilities in the U.S. There Rogers is part of a team of staff occupational therapists "who work with parents with physical disabilities to develop customized babycare adaptations and strategies which fit the babies' and parents' needs," says TLG. (Learn more about TLG's National Parent-to-Parent Network at She also runs a monthly support group for parents with disabilities.

Learn more about Rogers's book, Mother to Be, at Read more about the manual on babycare at

Read about the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership program at

Rogers was selected from more than 450 nominees for this year's award. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program awards $1.2 million annually to 10 people who have expanded access to health care and social services to underserved and isolated populations in their communities.

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