Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Access in the Health Sciences Symposium

The Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education is holding its 5th Annual Symposium in April.

Access in the Health Sciences Symposium
April 11th and 12th
​Evanston, IL
The ABC's of Disability and Health Science Education:
Access, Barriers and Culture

Learn more and register here:

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Support the #DocsWithDisabilities and #NursesWithDisabilities project

The goal of the #DocsWithDisabilities/#NursesWithDisabilities Project is to share stories from the professional journeys of physicians and nurses with disabilities, in their own words. By featuring the real voices of health professionals with disabilities--including their struggles and successes--we hope to foster awareness, visibility, and community that brings together stakeholders from across medical education, clinical practice, and disability advocacy.

The project is volunteer led, by a tight-knit group of clinicians, health educators and administrators, and advocates, with and without disabilities, based at the University of Michigan Medical School's Department of Family Medicine.

Learn more here:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Disability Research Fellowship Post-Doctoral Program for 2018-2019

The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is pleased to announce a new 2018-2019 postdoctoral program in disability policy research. We are seeking qualified candidates who are interested in developing research on people with disabilities to influence policies, opportunities, and outcomes for this community.

This fellowship opportunity provides a personalized 18-month training experience for emerging scholars with disabilities who hold a PhD or similar advanced degree and are committed to building knowledge and evidence on health policies and services for people with disabilities. All fellows are eligible for accommodations and ongoing support by advisors with experience in disability research.

Salary, Benefits, and Disability Accommodation
This postdoctoral training program recognizes and accommodates the financial and vocational needs of scholars with disabilities. Each fellow will be hired as a research associate at the Washington State University (WSU) Department of Health Policy and Administration, with a competitive salary, conference travel funds, health insurance coverage, and retirement benefits. All fellows are eligible for a tuition waiver. Fellows with significant disability support needs will also receive up to 40 hours of workplace personal assistance per week, plus supplemental funds for moving expenses, adaptive technologies, and conference travel accommodations.

Position Responsibilities include:
- Attend seminars to supplement and advance knowledge in health policy research
- Participate on existing CHRIL research projects and publications
- Lead a research project and develop a journal manuscript, (toward end of fellowship)
- Attend professional conferences related to health policy and/or disability research
- Develop a five-year research plan and academic CV
- Publish results as a co-author in peer-reviewed, scientific journals
- Work independently and as part of the CHRIL team of researchers

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hiring people with disabilities: A scoping review

The following article was published in March 2016:

Gewurtz RE, Langan S, Shand D. Hiring people with disabilities: A scoping review. Work. 2016 Mar 9;54(1):135-48. doi: 10.3233/WOR-162265. PMID: 26967030.

Many people with disabilities continue to encounter challenges trying to secure employment.

The purpose of this study was to synthesize existent knowledge about the hiring process for people with disabilities and explore research priorities from the perspective of key stakeholders.

A scoping review of the literature related to hiring processes and practices as they relate to people with disabilities was undertaken. As part of the scoping review, seven key informant consultations were conducted in order to gain further insight into the key issues identified by those most involved in the hiring process for people with disabilities.

Findings from the literature and consultations revolve around seven inter-related topics: 1) regulations versus practice, 2) stigma, 3) disclosure, 4) accommodations, 5) relationship building and use of disability organizations,6) information and support to employers, and 7) hiring practices that invite people with disabilities.

Although barriers to employment for people with disabilities have been examined in the literature, there remains a paucity of literature examining and evaluating strategies to improve hiring practices and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Future research must occur in consultation with key stakeholders including employers, people with disabilities, and employment support workers.

Employment support; disability accommodations; disability disclosure; hiring process; stigma

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Technical Standards and Lawsuits Involving Accommodations for Health Professions Students

Bagenstos SR. Technical Standards and Lawsuits Involving Accommodations for Health Professions Students. AMA J Ethics. 2016 Oct 1;18(10):1010-1016. doi: 10.1001/journalofethics.2016.18.10.hlaw1-1610. PubMed PMID: 27780025.

This article will discuss the legal obligations of medical schools to accommodate applicants and students with disabilities. The article begins by describing the problem of denial of medical education to such students, a problem that results from both discrimination in admissions and denial of accommodations to incumbent students with disabilities. The article then discusses the disability rights legislation that prohibits discrimination against-and requires reasonable accommodation of-qualified medical students with disabilities. It concludes by reviewing a number of lawsuits involving requests for accommodation and how disability rights law was applied in those cases.
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