Attorney General Barr: We Must Retain Medical Access For People With Disabilities

July 25, 2019

Disability Justice, Health Justice, Medical Access, News

Maranda Reynolds works alongside Dr. Augustus Mazzocca within full visual contact to a deaf patient, insuring uninterrupted medical communication access between doctor and patient on February 24, 2012. (Tina Encarnacion/UConn Health Center Photo)

NYLPI and a host of New York disability justice organizations have written to the U.S. Attorney General, William Barr, on the eve of the anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, asking him not to withdraw a 2010 rule about the accessibility of medical equipment:

Health disparities for people with disabilities, especially women with disabilities, are startling, and have been a concern for decades, although a concern omitted from most reports and discussions of healthcare allocation. The lack of accessible medical equipment has led to delayed or missed diagnoses of cancer and premature deaths. Inaccessible healthcare can also negatively impact nearly all other aspects of an individual’s life. On the other hand, the social, psychological, physical, and economic well-being of persons with disabilities can be significantly improved if timely screening and treatment were made accessible to all people with disabilities.

The letter was signed by Ruth Lowenkron, Director of Disability Justice at NYLPI, and by the following organizations: Bronx Independent Living Services; Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York; Disability Rights Advocates; Harlem Independent Living Center; Independence Care System; Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; and United Spinal Association.

You can download a copy here.

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