Episode 69: Effective Communication, Accessible Health Care, and the ADA
There is a heightened national awareness of the barriers and inequities to health care in the United States. Recent studies indicate that people with disabilities experience both health disparities and specific barriers in access to health care programs and services, including health promotion and prevention.
In this episode of ADA Live!, Michael Richardson, Project Director of the Northwest ADA Center will talk about health care access and the ADA, the role of effective communication in health care decisions, and how health care providers and facilities can be more inclusive of patients with disabilities.
Northwest ADA Center
The Northwest ADA Center is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and is part of the ADA National Network. The ADA National Network Centers are a national platform of ten centers comprised of ADA professionals and experts charged with assisting businesses, state and local governments, and people with disabilities as they manage the process of changing our culture to be user friendly to disability and the effect the variety of health conditions can have on society. The Northwest ADA Center is a part of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington, and collaborates with the Center for Technology and Disability Studies, a program within the Center for Human Development and Disability.
As the ADA Information Center in Region 10, the Northwest ADA Center has aggressively staffed its project with professionals familiar with disability, rehabilitation, rehab engineering, special education, the built environment, accessibility to buildings and electronic accessibility, civil rights law, and business. The regional advisory committee and our state partners are premier leaders in ADA compliance in each of the states served--Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.