Disabilities in Nutrition and Dietetics MIG
Short Name: Disabilities MIG
The Disabilities in Nutrition and Dietetics (Disabilities) MIG is a community that connects Academy members who self-identify as having a disability, work with clients/patients with disabilities, educate members with disabilities, and/or are interested in disabilities as related to nutrition and dietetics. The Disabilities MIG delivers valuable resources; offers quality education and professional development; provides members with unique opportunities for leadership development, mentoring, collaborating, and networking; promotes accessibility, accommodations, and usability; encourages Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA); and fosters advocacy for individuals with disabilities as related to nutrition and dietetics.
A world where individuals with disabilities have accessible nutrition guidance, nutrient-rich food to optimize health, and equal access and opportunities to become active and fully contributing dietetic practitioners.
Empower members to be leaders in promoting accessible nutrition guidance and nutrient-rich food for individuals with disabilities and empower individuals with disabilities to achieve full access and inclusion into dietetic education programs, thrive as contributing dietetic practitioners, and serve as professional leaders.
- Create a community of Academy members — students, interns, dietetic practitioners, and other nutrition and public health professionals — who have disabilities, work with patients/clients with disabilities, and/or educate students/interns with disabilities or are interested in these topics.
- Grow the cohort of dietetic students, interns, and practitioners with disabilities.
- Develop and share educational materials and resources concerning the connections between disabilities and nutrition, dietetics, and health.
- Provide members with a variety of opportunities for educational, professional, and leadership development, networking, and communication.
- Promote awareness of nutrition and dietetic resources related to accessibility, accommodations, and usability for individuals with disabilities.
- Serve as a primary resource and content expert to the Academy, Academy groups and committees, dietetic students/interns and practitioners, and external organizations related to nutrition guidance as well as increased understanding, awareness, and cultural humility concerning inclusion, diversity, equity, and access related to individuals with disabilities.
- Advocate for inclusivity of individuals with disabilities within the Academy, the profession of nutrition and dietetics, food and nutrition policy and legislative agendas, nutrition research, the nation, and the world.
- Educate and support dietetic students, interns and practitioners and the individuals with disabilities they work with about how to acquire and navigate relevant resources and accommodations regarding disabilities.
To learn more about the Disabilities MIG Leadership team members, please visit the 2023-2024 roster.