Public Policy

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.​

Mental Disability and the ADA: Public Policy in the Courtroom
Beginning with a brief overview of the Americans With Disabilities Act, this paper explores the issues of disability, direct threat, and reasonable accommodations as they apply to people with psychiatric disabilities with an emphasis on relevant court decisions. Author: M. Rempfer

Building Consumer Consensus on IL Using the Concerns Report
By asking people with mental retardation, brain injury, and psychiatric disabilities to identify their independent living needs, a method to develop interventions and accommodations that will result in increased and improved center for independent living services was illustrated. Author: J. G. Youngbauer

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