[ Music ]>>People with disabilities
face unique challenges when accessing healthcare.>>As a quadriplegic and
a woman with a disability, I’ve experienced some
significant challenges in different healthcare
settings.>>With like going to the
ER, if I don’t tell them how to treat me, they would just
treat me like any other patient who walks into the ER, and it
would hurt me more than help. [ Music ]>>Although patients’
needs may differ, the quality of their
care should not. There are many ways
healthcare organizations and providers can improve
quality of healthcare for people with disabilities. This may include making
modifications to the approach and entrance to the
healthcare facility, and how patients navigate
within the building, and the provider’s office. Some patients may
require the use of accessible medical equipment,
such as a mechanical lift or wheelchair accessible weight
scale during their appointment.>>Going to any doctor’s
appointment or going anywhere in this world, it’s really —
it’s not made for wheelchairs, or at least wasn’t initially
made for wheelchairs.>>There are, out there,
accessible exam tables and most providers
do not have them. It’s important because many
elderly people can’t step up and get on to the exam table. [ Music ]>>To provide accessible
care, it’s also important to ask questions to
understand patient’s needs.>>One of the best
ways for a doctor to — to really accommodate my needs
is when they ask me questions, and they don’t make
an assumption of what I can and can’t do.>>My provider is a very good
provider because first thing is that he cares, and
he asks questions.>>Visit our website
to find resources and learn how you can
make care more accessible for people with disabilities. [ Music ]