Here is a list of our most requested materials.

Scroll below to link to a variety of tools, guides, articles and books regarding disability issues:

  • Accessible health care for disabled people
  • Improving health and improving health care for people with disabilities
  • Providing preventive health care for people with disabilities
  • Accessible medical equipment
  • Aging with a disability
  • Emergency preparedness for people with disabilities

Health Care

5 “G’s”Getting Access to Health Care for People with Physical Disabilities

This article highlights 5 steps you can take to increase your chances of getting the health care you need. PDF (499 KB), Word (253 KB)

  • Getting Started
  • Getting To, Into and Through a Health Care Facility
  • Getting Access to Medical Equipment
  • Getting What You Need During Your Visit
  • Getting Changes Made

Using a Fitness Center Does Not Have to be an Exercise in Frustration: Tips for People with Mobility and Visual Disabilities

This article describes some of the usability barriers experienced by people with mobility and visual disabilities in fitness facilities. PDF (449 KB), Word (163 KB)

  • Presents ways to remove or reduce barriers,
  • Explains individuals’ rights to use an accessible fitness facility,
  • Suggest ways advocate for changes,
  • Offers practical tips, questions to ask, and ways to make fitness centers more accessible,
  • Describes low or no cost solutions, as well as more involved long-term solutions, and
  • Provides resources for additional help.

Making Preventive Health Care Work for You—A Resource Guide for People with Physical Disabilities

This Guide helps make preventive health care work for you. Designed with input from both consumers and health care providers, this Guide offers important information, tools, and resources to help you. Large Print Word (848 KB), Word (875 KB), PDF (797 KB)

  • Determine your health risks,
  • Learn why routine preventive screenings and vaccines are important,
  • Create a “Routine Screening and Immunization Plan” tailored to your needs,
  • Learn ways to become more active in your health care, and
  • Increase your confidence and improve your communication skills to work more effectively with health care providers.

Getting the Right Gear: Taking Charge of Obtaining Durable Medical Equipment

Getting your durable medical equipment (DME) can be a challenging and time consuming process. This guide can help to make the process go a little faster, and reduce the chance of denial of coverage by your health insurance carrier.
Getting The Right Gear         Getting The Right Gear – Large Print

Emergency Evacuation Preparedness Guide

This guide, available in a variety of formats, focuses on developing emergency evacuation preparedness plans that take into account the needs of people with disabilities and activity limitations. The development of this publication was supported by grants from the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation and from Bank of America.   Text (96 KB)  PDF (372 KB), Word (508 KB)

Emergency Health Information: Savvy Health Care Consumer Series

This booklet guides you through developing your emergency health information. You should keep copies of this information in your wallet (behind driver’s license or official identification card) and emergency kits. It tells rescuers important information about you if they find you unconscious, or unable to provide information. It contains information about your medications, equipment, allergies, communication difficulties, preferred treatment and medical providers, and important contact people. Word (212KB), PDF (240KB), 2011.

“Aging with a Disability” Presentations

In March, 2003, the Center for Disabilities and the Health Professions partnered with the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with a Disability to present: “Aging with a Disability: Putting Research into Practice and Education.” Click here to view the presentations.

Accessible Health Care Briefs

The Center for Disabilities and the Health Professions “Accessible Health Care” series is designed to educate managed care organizations, health care professionals, community organizations, advocates, and people with disabilities. This series includes discussions, examples, illustrations, and resource information for improving access to health care services, programs, and products. Subjects include:

Providing Primary Health Care for People with Physical Disabilities: A Survey of California Physicians

Beginning with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 an awareness of the need for equal access to health care for people with disabilities was established. Moreover, the promotion of health for people with disabilities, the prevention of secondary conditions, and the elimination of disparities between people with and without disabilities have been ongoing goals of federal legislation. Critical to achieving these goals is quality health care by primary care providers. This study, conducted by Michelle A. Larson McNeal, Ph.D. , LeeAnne Carrothers, Ph.D., and Brenda Premo, MA, focuses on the scope of California primary care physician’s knowledge, attitude, and behaviors regarding physical disabilities and the extent of physician training in disability-related primary care. PDF (240 KB), Word (188 KB)