Healthcare Resources

AAPD is committed to ensuring all people with disabilities have a right to quality, comprehensive, and affordable health care. The AAPD web page provides a wealth of information to keep self-advocates equipped with information on advocacy efforts at the national level and how they can use similar strategies and talking points at the grassroots level.  
The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities recognizes that good health is vital to enjoy all other life activities. People with developmental disabilities often have difficulty accessing appropriate high quality healthcare oftentimes because health care providers lack training or familiarity with the supports people with developmental disabilities need. FCIC is addressing this issue by undertaking activities that either a) educate health care providers to be sensitive to special health needs of people with disabilities, or b) assist individuals and their caregivers to be proactive about knowing and communicating their own health needs across their lifespan. FCIC's health activities are coordinated by Dr. Elizabeth Perkins.

The Arc Healthcare Policy

The Arc provides resources for education and advocacy on healthcare issues for people with disabilities. 
DRF's Medicaid page and "Advocacy 101" publication help explain an individual's rights and the steps required to challenge a denial or reduction of a Medicaid State Plan or Medicaid Waiver service.

National Council on Disability

The National Council on Disability Health Care page contains links to publications that focus on reform initiatives and consumer directed physical and mental health care policies.
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