Webinar: Empathetic Nutrition Counseling for the Disability Community

September 20, 2023

According to the CDC, 61 million adults in the US live with a disability, and one in three of those adults do not have a usual health care provider.1 This means nutrition experts’ understanding and support of this unique population are paramount when helping them lead healthy, productive lives. Meal planning and adaptive cooking techniques can make family meals more inclusive. Adaptive fitness and sports can improve and increase independence. And proper nutrition guidance can support the healthy lifestyle goals of the disability community, resulting in increased energy and confidence while also managing secondary conditions.

Join Tracy Williams, BS, on Wednesday, September 20, from 2-3 p.m. ET, for a webinar that will review the evidence-based dietary recommendations and teach you how to encourage healthier but still economical food choices for individuals with disabilities. Drawing from her own experiences as an individual with cerebral palsy and other chronic conditions, Tracy will discuss simple solutions that non-disabled RDs can use to help change their perspective about clients with disabilities and enact a new definition of health for this community. Disabled individuals are more comfortable when they do not need to change themselves to be accepted by others. In this webinar, Tracy will teach participants how to meet people with disabilities where they are, and help them grow from there. 

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, health care professionals and clinicians should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of disability etiquette in their role as empathetic nutrition counselors for clients with disabilities.
  2. Counsel clients with disabilities on solutions to challenges with food access.
  3. Strategize how clients with disabilities can meet personal meal planning and healthy lifestyle goals.
  4. Explain how clients with disabilities can manage secondary conditions through food and nutrition.


1. CDC. (2022, October 28). Disability impacts all of us. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/infographic-disability-impacts-all.html

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  • 1.00 CDR
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09/20/2023 - 2:00pm EDT
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09/20/2023 - 3:00pm EDT
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Tracy Williams, BS, is a freelance writer, disability advocate, and food access advocate. She has moderate cerebral palsy and other chronic conditions. She has won five mini-grants with the Kids Eat Right campaign of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and she’s has been a frequent speaker at garden clubs, rotary clubs, schools, churches, non-profit organizations, as well as disability advocacy organizations. 

Tracy earned her degree in nutrition and dietetics from Dominican University and has worked as a general contractor for her local American Cancer Society, Mainstay’s My25, and the Food Dignity Movement®. Tracy is also an active volunteer at her church food pantry. You can connect with Tracy at tracysplate.com and on LinkedIn and Facebook.

The faculty and planners for this educational activity have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

An “ineligible company” includes any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products use by or on patients.

In support of improving patient care, Great Valley Publishing Company is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity will also award credit for dietetics (CDR CPEU).

RDs and DTRs are to select activity type 102 in their Activity Log. Sphere and Competency selection is at the learner’s discretion.

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  • 1.00 CDR


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