How to Make Your Medical Practice More Accessible to People with Disabilities (PDF)

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IRS Tax Form 8826 for "Disabled Access Credit" (PDF)

Health Care Access for People with IDD and Brain Injuries

The RTC/IL collaborated with the Disability Rights Center of Kansas to learn about the health care experiences of Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and those 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.​

Removing Barriers to Health Care: A Guide for Health Professionals (from the Center for Universal Design)

Includes recommended Universal Design features, selected Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for health care providers and communication tips for specific disabilities.

Table Manners: A Guide to the Pelvic Examination for Disabled Women and Health Care Providers

This has valuable, detailed information for women with a range of disabilities. Though published in 1982, the information remains pertinent.   

The OHCUP: Outpatient Health Care Usability Profile, A Tool to Improve Outpatient Access

Is your medical office fully accessible? The OHCUP is an easy-to-use checklist that is less complex than ADA guidelines.

Our researchers developed this tool to help medical offices and clinics improve their accessibility as part of the Community Engagement Evaluation Project.

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Tips for Health Care Providers

Visitable Homes Improve Quality of Life

Print out this educational page to share with patients and their caregivers. Dot Nary, PhD, published “Making Homes More ‘Visitable’ for Wheelchair Users and Potential Hosts” in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (10/14, 95:10, 1995–1996).

"Diagnosis Isn't Enough"

Research by Amanda Reichard may inform care for people with disabilities. Reichard is lead author of Diagnosis isn't enough: Understanding the connections between high health care utilization, chronic conditions and disabilities among U.S. working age adults, which appears in Disability and Health Journal (8.4, Oct. 2015, 535–546).

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.
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