This section examines accessibility at medical facilities and in the provision of medical services.
1. Confirm that your medical facility is physically accessible to disabled people:
- Contact Ben Perez to discuss the Facility Accessibility Report and determine what architectural barriers, if any, exist and which can be removed easily;
- Ensure that your facility has high and wide based seating in waiting rooms to accommodate patients that have difficulty getting out of low chairs, or who are large and may not fit into standard chairs;
- Ensure that your facility has capacity to examine a wheelchair user on an examining table rather than being examined while in their chair, and where they can be weighed on a bed versus a standing scale;
2. Provide all employees who interact with the public disability awareness and etiquette training:
- Contact Derek Coates to arrange for employee disability awareness and etiquette training.
3. Confirm that your medical facility programming is accessible to disabled people:
- Ensure that staff can timely and accurately communicate with deaf and hard of hearing patients without reliance on the patient's friend or family;
- Ensure staff can transfer a patient from their wheelchair to an examining table;
- Where health education is provided, ensure that instructional materials are available in accessible alternative formats;
- Ensure that disabled patients are advised of and provided birth control or assisted reproductive technology consultation and supplies, on par with other patients;
Additional Recommended Resources
- Access To Medical Care For Individuals With Mobility Disabilities
- National Association of the Deaf: Position Statement On Health Care Access For Deaf Patients