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U.S. Access Board to Host Public Event on Equity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities

December 15, 2021

People with disabilities face significant barriers to accessing primary and preventative healthcare. It is vital for medical care facilities and equipment, such as exam rooms and tables, diagnostic instruments and machines, and patient bedrooms and bathrooms, to be fully accessible to people with disabilities. The U.S. Access Board will host a virtual public event on equity in healthcare for people with disabilities on January 12 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. (ET). The event will feature presentations on standards and resources related to healthcare accessibility, including inclusive medical equipment, healthcare facility design, information technology, and communication devices and systems. Members of the public will be able to pose questions during the event.  

The event is free, but registration is required. For further information on registration, visit the Access Board’s website or contact Rose Marie Bunales at events@access-board.gov. The event will include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Presentation materials are available in PPT (16MB) and PDF (5MB) formats. 

Prior to the event, the Board will hold its regular business meeting from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (ET), which is also open to the public. 

Equity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities  
January 12, 2022, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. (ET)  
Meeting link (registration required): www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_urM-7I0qSaqj-ZcPnZyxSQ   Contact: Rose Marie Bunales at events@access-board.gov 

Agenda 

  • Welcome, Greg Fehribach, U.S. Access Board Chair 
  • Introduction, Bobby Stinnette, U.S. Access Board 
  • Relevant Standards and Resources 
    • Bobby Stinnette, U.S. Access Board 
    • Bill Botten, U.S. Access Board 
    • Kathy Eng, U.S. Access Board 
  • Enforceable Accessible Medical Equipment Standards  
    • Ana Torres-Davis, National Council on Disability (NCD) 
  • Designing Inclusive Healthcare Environments 
    • Bill Zellmer, Sutter Health Care 
  • Communication Access in Healthcare Environments 
    • Zainab Alkebsi, National Association of the Deaf 
  • Closing Remarks 

Meeting of the U.S. Access Board 
January 12, 2022, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (ET) 
Meeting link: www.zoomgov.com/j/1609418629 
Meeting ID: 160 941 8629 
Dial in: (646) 828-7666 
Contact: events@access-board.gov 

Agenda  

  • Introductory Remarks  
  • Executive Director’s Report  
  • Standing Committee Reports  
  • Ad Hoc Committee Reports  
  • New Business