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Health Care Access for People with Disabilities

 

Findings: Access for People with IDD and Brain Injuries
A word cloud shows words in different sizes that relate to brain injury, including: rehabilitation, recover, respect, medications, hope, accommodations, need, vision, injury, service, peer support, loss, slower, change, emotion, pain, understanding, speech, therapy, cognitive

The RTC/IL collaborated with the Disability Rights Center of Kansas to learn about the health care experiences of Kansans with IDD and Kansans with brain injuries. The following two reports provide recommendations on how to improve programs, policies and practices to improve access to health care for people with these specific disabilities.​


Resources for Health Care Providers from the RTC/IL
These are resources you can recommend to your healthcare providers. 

Online Training
  • Healthcare Access for Persons with Disabilities (on Kansas TRAIN)
    One CME/CNE is offered for $10.
    This course provides tips for delivering culturally sensitive, high quality care to adults and children with physical and sensory disabilities, along with solutions to common problems in serving patients with disabilities. 
    - The course is free to providers nationwide. One CME/CNE is available for $10. 
    - To enroll, go to https://ks.train.org if you’re in Kansas. All others, go to www.train.org. (First-time users create a login name and password.)
    - Search for “Healthcare Access for Persons with Disabilities,” course number 1025624. 

Other Resources:


Video: Accessible Medical Exams

Center advisor Catherine Graham is featured in this video about “Medical Examinations and People with Disabilities,” produced by Able South Carolina.

Doctor (with Disability) Knows Best

In this video, a physician who has a disability discusses ways to improve health care.This story is provided by the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund.

 

The OHCUP: A Tool to Improve Outpatient Access

Is your doctor's office fully accessible? You can help your health care providers identify problems and implement solutions by using the Outpatient Health Care Usability Profile (OHCUP).

The OHCUP is an easy-to-use checklist that is less complex than ADA guidelines.

This tool was developed as part of the Community Engagement Evaluation Project

Tips for Better Access to Health Care
Even when you have the best intentions about getting the prevention and health care services you need, there may be an obstacle (or two) in your way. These resources give ideas for overcoming common barriers to health care services.

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