What Does It Mean to Live as a Disabled Person?
Since 1992, the United Nations has marked December 3rd as the International Day of Disabled Persons thus, giving a platform for the disabled in the world at large, and their advocates to make their voices heard. It’s been met with varying degrees of success, and with the ever-changing world today, it’s more important than ever to understand and give voice to those who need it most.
With the looming presence of poverty and hunger being assisted by the disparities of gender, climate change, violence, varied socio-economic issues, and natural resource depletion at an alarming rate, there is a beacon of hope. Advancements in medical and communication technology leading to better health and global interconnectedness has increased access to education for boys and girls globally and has also opened doors filled with unlimited potential in understanding all of those who hail from different walks of life.
As a human race, we can improve, respect, and honor the rights and dignity of the disabled through education, equitable human experiences, and especially now and beyond the COVID-19 era, equal and fair access to medical care.
Accessibility and Your Practice
Previously, Trish, a Hard-Of-Hearing person, shared her story with us about her experiences navigating the healthcare system. Her story brought to light the importance of creating an inclusive, accessible, and most importantly equitable experience in patient care. It serves as a reminder that inclusion and accessibility are inseparable where healthcare is concerned. It is the right of every person to have full, unfettered access to the healthcare they need, when they need it. From medical imaging centers to general family practices, accessibility must be top-of-mind with healthcare providers who are planning, administering, and facilitating healthcare services, policies, and procedures. Determining appropriate accommodation for persons living with disabilities in particular requires thoughtful deliberation of how relevant and effective health care can be accessed by those patients that ensures satisfactory health outcomes and consistent, positive patient care experiences.
How can I ensure the services and the quality of care offered at my practice are accessible to patients living with disabilities?
We’ve got you! To help you learn more about the unique needs of your patients who identify as being disabled, we’ve developed a comprehensive digital resource fully loaded with integral insights and key consideration points focused on assisting practices like yours to implement measures towards providing responsive patient care and foster optimal accessibility.
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