Accessible Healthcare Rhode Island
Documenting Physical Access to Healthcare for All
Why Accessible Healthcare RI Is Needed
Can you imagine making an appointment with a new medical provider and, once arriving at the office,
finding you cannot get in the door? Or not being able to get on the exam table? What about not being weighed through an
entire pregnancy? Or being misdiagnosed because of incorrect positioning due to not being able to get on
These situations are happening every single day. Healthcare providers think in terms of being helpful, but
often don't think in terms of physical access.
Persons with disabilities need to know where they can go to access those medical services that they need.
Our primary goal is to provide
persons with disabilities with an
online searchable database of
where they can find the accessible healthcare they need.
We will accomplish this through surveying
all healthcare services in RI for accessibility.
Students from local colleges and universities
will be visiting your office to do this survey
over the next few months.
Our secondary goal is to give
healthcare providers information:
Why they should become accessible; where
they can get the standards for accessibility;
tax credits to help them pay for barrier removal.
Our third goal is to assess what
still needs to be done and what
approaches, such as resource
sharing, would help with that effort.
This project was made possible through a grant from the Rhode Island Department of Health, Disability & Health Program