Women with Disabilities Praise ICS Breast Cancer Awareness Event

October 30, 2019

Chief of Service OBGYN Raphael Stimphil, M.D. of Gotham Health, Morrisania, discussed when and how often to visit doctors for breast cancer, cervical cancer, sexually transmitted infection and skin screenings, and what to ask during visits. Dr. Stimphil also provided tips on how to tackle environmental barriers to cervical cancer screenings, including insurance, inability to find a provider and inaccessible examination tables.

Lehman College Assistant Professor Dr. Carole Baraldi led a presentation on breast cancer, where she discussed the importance of receiving a mammogram, debunked myths about breast cancer, and addressed signs and symptoms of breast cancer and next steps to address a diagnosis.

Participants praise the event

“We get older, and health matters—breast cancer, gynecological issues—need to be discussed,” ICS member Manyon Lyons said. “We have a great sisterhood. ICS has always been an open space where you can ask questions, not be afraid or judged, and get answers.”

Iffat Mahmud, who attended for the first time, said she was impressed and embraced the unity among attendees. “If we don’t have these types of events, where are people with disabilities going?” Iffat said. “We get to be a part of each other’s lives.”

ICS member Valerie Williams said she looks forward to next year’s gathering and emphasized how crucial the event is for women with disabilities. “To know that you have resources, and you’re not alone? This is incredibly encouraging for women with disabilities. With each other, we’re stronger.” Learn more about our Women’s Health event on our website.

The ICS Women’s Health Access Program makes breast cancer screening and gynecological services available to women with physical disabilities, an historically underserved population that suffers disproportionately from a lack of access to basic healthcare services.



Independence Care System (ICS) supports adults in New York City who live with a wide range of physical disabilities and chronic health conditions. The well-being of ICS members rests upon three pillars: mobility, health, and independence. We help our members get the services they need to live independently, in the community, rather than become confined to nursing homes or other institutions. In collaboration with our members, their families and caregivers, we advocate for the funding of essential services including homecare and personal care, wheelchairs, and other complex rehab equipment. We educate and create partnerships with healthcare providers to advance the availability of disability competent medical care. Educational and recreational offerings enrich our members’ lives and create a welcoming community for New Yorkers with disabilities and their allies. ICS mentors help members adjust to life with a disability and gain the skills to live full and vibrant lives that reflect their individual goals.

Contact: Regina Weiss