The Care You Deserve

Get the care you deserve

“Did you understand what the doctor said?”

“No, I couldn’t hear him properly because of his mask. It’s difficult for me to understand since I can’t read his lips.” As I pondered, a thought crossed my mind.

“Why don’t hospitals provide their staff with see-through face masks to assist everyone, including those who rely on lip-reading?”

Can a deaf person call 911? Are you familiar with E911? Do I really need to call two numbers—one for texts and another to make or receive calls?

It’s hard to imagine, isn’t it? Yet, for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, this is the harsh reality they face today.

What options does a deaf person have when they can’t hear the technician on the other side of the room during a CT scan? They can’t have a family member be present in the room either, as it’s a radioactive environment.

They feel lost, scared, anxious, unable to communicate, and worried about potential negative test results or inconclusive outcomes due to their inability to hear instructions. Unfortunately, the healthcare system often falls short when it comes to meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities, resulting in unfair and discriminatory treatment.

A recent study conducted by researchers at Northwestern University highlights this issue, revealing that people with disabilities are significantly more likely to experience discrimination in healthcare settings. This discrimination manifests in the form of inaccessible facilities and equipment, as well as inadequate communication with healthcare providers.

It is imperative that we strive for inclusivity and accessibility in healthcare. By addressing these shortcomings, we can ensure that every individual, regardless of their abilities, receives the care they deserve.


Let’s get this right…universal access

They say without health you have nothing. I believe that without access to care, you have no road to health.

Tasks as simple as getting an appointment can be an obstacle, with many healthcare providers choosing to deny care to people with disabilities, and even use “discriminatory excuses to strategically discharge them from their practice.”

There are however regulations by the ADA set in place, such as the requirement of all medical practitioners to provide “full and equal access to their health care services and facilities” for people with disabilities.

We must hold to the ADA regulations to create the equal and safe space everyone deserves in healthcare and beyond.

Healthcare Discrimination Exists in 2022!

Doctors – Do you hear us?
Nurses – Do you see us?
Insurance Companies – Do you feel our pain?

There are 1.8 billion of us living with disabilities, and that number is growing daily.

It’s been over 30 years since the passage of the ADA act, and yet a new study has shown that some doctors are still harboring biases against people with disabilities*.

Not just being biased against them, but also actively avoiding accepting them as patients as well!

We’re less than 60 days away from 2023, and it’s time to bring empathy and disability awareness to the medical community.

It is long past time for doctors, nurses, and insurance companies to facilitate access to programs and care to protect people with disabilities from being discriminated against in crisis situations.

Taking the extra time to address any barriers a patient may have – attitudinal, physical, communication, or financial – will allow disability inclusion to achieve better health and well-being.

It all begins with adequate education, training, and resources for our healthcare systems and insurers.

Now is the time for us to stand up and collectively ask for a more inclusive system.

A system that doesn’t discriminate or make it harder than necessary to get the healthcare and other services that we need.

The time is now for this global movement.