5 "G's": Getting Access to Health Care for People With Physical DisabilitiesBy Kailes, June Isaacson; Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions
(Pages: 23) Publication Date: 2008
Handbook offers advice to people with mobility disabilities for getting access to health-care facilities. The “5 Gs” identified are (1) Getting Started, which outlines the accessibility requirements for health-care facilities as stipulated in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); (2) Getting To, Into, and Through a Health Care Facility, including regulations for accessible parking, usable ramps, sidewalk curb cuts, accessible building entrances, and restrooms and waiting areas that accommodate wheelchairs; (3) Getting Access to Medical Equipment, including exam tables and x-ray equipment that can be lowered to wheelchair level, and scales with a platform for rolling on in a wheelchair and handlebars for maintaining balance; (4) Getting What You Need During Your Visit, which includes advice on calling ahead of the appointment to inquire about equipment access and request transfer assistance; and (5) Getting Changes Made, such as bringing accessibility issues to the attention of a facility’s management, seeking assistance from disability-focused organizations, filing a complaint with the Department of Justice, and, if necessary, filing a lawsuit. Illustrative case histories, a sample complaint letter, and Internet addresses to support resources are also included.
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