Disability Justice, Health Justice, Medical Access
Nearly 1 million New York City residents have a disability. Many face physical barriers to basic health services at their doctors’ offices, clinics, or hospitals, including inaccessible entrances and unusable basic medical equipment such as examination tables. Despite laws prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities in the provision of medical care, many providers are unaware of their obligations and fail to comply with the law. NYLPI published a report outlining the barriers to care for women with disabilities and mobility impairments, and we represent individuals facing barriers to accessible medical care. We pursue systemic improvements and work with a coalition of advocates and City and State civil rights enforcement agencies, connecting with community members to educate them about their rights to accessible medical equipment, accessible facilities, reasonable accommodations, and how to file complaints. In 2016, we filed a complaint with the NYC Civil Rights Commission requesting a city-wide investigation that resulted in improved care at two City-wide mammography facilities.