3 policy meetings
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
For people with disabilities, obtaining healthcare in accessible facilities is an ongoing struggle. Architectural barriers are often present in provider offices, and few offer lifting assistance, accessible exam tables, and materials in accessible formats for blind patients or Sign Language interpreters for Deaf patients so communication is effective. Unequal treatment diminishes the opportunity of people with disabilities for longer, productive lives and compromises the quality of those lives.
Your contribution will support participation by a disability policy analyst in three meetings with policy makers where the right to accessible healthcare will be at stake for people with disabilities. Our analysts are breaking new ground by working with policy makers in California to ensure that managed care organizations work with their medical providers to achieve accessibility for people with disabilities and provide accommodations—Braille, Sign Language interpreters, accessible exam tables, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The goal is to ensure that all health plans in the state understand the accessibility and accommodation needs of people with disabilities and have the capacity to ensure that their medical providers meet these needs. One specific policy objective is to secure support for establishing a state-wide independent technical assistance center that will create models for access and accommodation, advise plans, and monitor outcomes.