Share your Healthcare Experiences
Have you experience difficulties accessing healthcare services? Have you ever been told that a test or exam could not be done because the office or equipment was not accessible because of your disability? Have you had difficulty communicating with a doctor because an interpreter or assistive listening device was not provided to you? Is filling out forms difficult because your medical provider fails to make them available in an alternative format or does not offer assistance completing them?
The Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council has launched a survey designed to gather input from people who have disabilities, their family members and caregivers from across Arizona. The survey seeks to gather information in areas including physical access to healthcare facilities, issues faced by individuals with sensory related disabilities, how medical providers respond to accommodation requests and provides individuals with a platform for sharing healthcare related experiences.
Go here to complete this important survey. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes for you to fill out and submit. If you require assistance or need an accommodation such as a copy of the survey in an alternative format, please contact the SILC office at 602-262-2900.
The Americans with Disabilities Act along with other federal and state laws require equal access to medical care for people who have disabilities. Accessibility in medical facilities means not only “getting through the door” features, such as accessible parking and ramps, but also accessible interior features such as bathrooms, reception counters and exam rooms. Accessible healthcare also requires the provision of assistive listening devices and other services for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and alternative formats for all printed forms and materials that are critical to receiving services from a healthcare provider. In addition, accessible medical facilities must provide equal access to medical equipment, including weight scales, exam tables and other diagnostic equipment.
Arizona’s First Youth Leadership Forum, a Huge Success
The Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council hosted our states first ever Youth Leadership Forum for Students who have Disabilities, June 23-27, 2014, at Arizona State University, in Phoenix. 21 youth from across the state attended the Forum. The volunteer staff of 15, comprised of people who have disabilities, will serve as mentors for each graduating Delegate for the next year. Click here to learn more about AZYLF 2014.