Access to Medical Care DVD Set & Training Curriculum

“Access to Medical Care” is a DVD set and training curriculum for physicians, dentists, nurses, and other medical staff about key issues that influence the quality of care in outpatient clinical settings. It empowers providers, patients, and families to achieve accessible, appropriate care in compliance with U.S. disability law.

“Full of practical, meaty information, this program demystifies disability, emphasizes that ‘disability’ is not ‘illness.’ The central theme is that the outward manifestations of disability do not mean that there is a diminution of human capacity…Powerful and instructive. ” – Dr. Robert Master, Commonwealth Care Alliance, Boston.

“Access to Medical Care: People with Developmental Disabilities” is a 25-minute DVD that includes closed captions and audio descriptions. Watch a preview:

“Access to Medical Care: Adults with Physical Disabilities,” selected for Brandeis University’s Irving Zola Memorial Lecture Award in 2008, is a 22-minute DVD that includes closed captions. Watch a preview:

Through compelling interviews with individuals, physicians, nurses, dentists, parents, and advocates, the two DVDs introduce and clarify key concepts in treating people with physical and developmental disabilities. Appropriate for students and professionals, they:

  • Explore the views and experiences of people with disabilities and providers in establishing rapport and effective communication,
  • Address cultural competence, access, and communication issues that often arise in the clinic,
  • Identify common myths and stereotypes that interfere with accurate assessment of patients,
  • Explain barriers that result in disparities in health care delivery, including physical/architectural, communication, attitudinal, and social/economic policy,
  • Identify the most common access and accommodation needs of adults with physical, sensory and communication disabilities, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and explain feasible, cost-effective solutions,
  • Clarify essential principles of quality care in treating people with disabilities,
  • Reinforce key learning points in bulleted graphics (available in printed handouts in the curriculum).

When purchased, the DVD set comes with “Access to Medical Care: Training Tools for Health Care Providers, Disabled Patients, and Advocates on Culturally Competent Care and Compliance with Disability Law.” This accompanying text offers a case-based learning exercise and extensive in-depth reference materials. It provides essential knowledge for appropriate provision of care and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The curriculum emphasizes access and communication as the fundamental components in addressing health care disparities for people with disabilities. It is included free with any purchase of either of the DVDs or can be downloaded here: Complete PDF: Access to Medical Care Curriculum.

Go to the publications page to learn more about purchasing details.

Note: The curriculum was developed by the World Institute on Disability, in collaboration with Nisonger Center, Ohio State University; Center for Health Care Strategies; Kaiser Foundation Multi-Media; California HealthCare Foundation.

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