Accessibility Resources for Healthcare Professionals

A guide to current accessibility issues and resources

Disability Rights

Disability Rights

Disability rights is concerned with ensuring equal opportunities and rights for people with disabilities. Organizations such as the following are working towards securing those opportunities and rights:

Call to Action

Surgeon General's Call to Action to Improve the Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilites

Released in 2005 on the 15th anniversary of the ADA.

Abstract from NCBI: "Developed by the Surgeon General in collaboration with the Department's Office on Disability, it describes the particular challenges to health and wellbeing faced by persons of all ages with disabilities."

Affordable Care Act

Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act

"As amended, Section 510 of the Rehabilitation Act directs the Access Board to issue regulatory standards for medical diagnostic equipment in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that the equipment is accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities." (from access-board.gov)

ADA

Americans with Disabilities Act

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. 

As a federal civil rights law, discrimination is prohibited against individuals with disabilities in every day activities, including medical services.

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