Health Care Access – Physical

Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities (html)    pdf   from the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services.

This technical assistance publication provides guidance for medical care providers on the requirements of the ADA in medical settings with respect to people with mobility disabilities, which include, for example, those who use wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, crutches, or no mobility devices at all. (2010)

Choosing and Negotiating an Accessible Facility Location (2008), (last accessed 9.14.10) Covers:

  • Responsibilities of tenants in complying with the ADA when negotiating a lease,
  • Why barrier removal is a continuing obligation, Items to consider in choosing new medical office space.

Improving Accessibility with Limited Resources (2008) (last accessed 9.14.10), Covers the basics of physical access for clinicians and medical office staff, provides links and listing including:

  • Removing common barriers,
  • Path-of-travel,
  • Resources for facility surveys,
  • Accessible office fixtures and hardware.

Health Care (clinic/outpatient) Facilities Access (2008), (last accessed 9.14.10), Covers:

  • Barrier removal as a continuing obligation, and
  • Ideas, illustrations and examples of low-cost barrier removal:
  • Installing portable ramps for access to buildings,
  • Lever door handles,
  • Clear 32” path-of-travel,
  • Repositioning a soap and/or paper towel dispenser to be in reach range.

Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal (1995) – (last accessed 9.13.10) Easy-to-use survey tool helps users to identify barriers in their facilities. The completed checklists and work sheets are the kind of documentation that organizations should keep on file to demonstrate that they are making a good faith effort to comply with the requirements of the ADA.