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Announcing New Illinois Hospital Access Initiative

by Shawn Flynn Illinois News

A coalition of Illinois disability rights advocates has launched the Hospital Access Initiative to improve access to healthcare services within hospitals for persons with disabilities. Combining education, legislation, advocacy and research, the law firm of Robbins, Salomon and Patt, Ltd., Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago and Equip for Equality, together, are looking to improve access to healthcare services for persons with disabilities in hospitals within Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and McHenry counties.

In general, people with disabilities face a number of barriers which at times limits their ability to receive preventative, routine and emergency healthcare services and treatments in hospital settings. In attempting to receive or receiving healthcare services and treatments, people with disabilities often face physical barriers (e.g., architectural and inaccessible examination and diagnostic equipment), attitudinal barriers (e.g., doctors' misconceptions and assumptions about a person's disability that leads to inferior care, neglect, or denial of care), and communication barriers (e.g., lack of services to help communications and accessible formats).

If you or your loved ones have a disability, and would like to share your experiences in hospitals within Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and McHenry counties, please contact either Judy Panko Reis, Access Living, (312) 640-2184, toll free (800) 613-8549, toll free TTY (888) 253-7003 or email: jreis@accessliving.org; Sarah Price, Equip for Equality, (312) 341-0022, ext. 7339, toll free 800-537-2632, ext. 7339, toll free TTY 800-610-2779, or email: sarah@equipforequality.org; or Andrés J. Gallegos, Robbins, Salomon and Patt, Ltd., (312) 456-0381 or email: agallegos@rsplaw.com. All conversations are confidential.

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