Healthcare Stories is a new video advocacy tool in DREDF’s ongoing campaign for healthcare justice for people with disabilities. We are deeply grateful to The Special Hope Foundation and The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation for their visionary support of the project, which began collecting stories in 2011.
Our stories, dispatches from the front lines of health care, add an essential human dimension to a large body of research showing that people with disabilities experience both health and healthcare disparities and face specific, persistent barriers to care. We know firsthand that poor health care inevitably affects the quality and length of our lives as well as our productivity, autonomy and independence. Because we experience unequal healthcare every day, out of necessity we have become experts in what must be done to remove barriers and increase access to the care we need. We invite you to watch the videos, meet the people behind the stories, and learn what you can do to spark change.
Thank you to those of you who answered the call to share your stories. We hope your forthrightness will spark a long-overdue discussion about persistent barriers to care and how they can be eliminated.
The videos are downloadable. We invite disability and health advocates and others to use them to launch discussion and action on important solutions that will improve healthcare for people with disabilities.