Fact Sheets

MAP to Access fact sheets give you basic information about disability access to health care. They explain how medical settings, like doctor’s offices, hospitals, laboratories, and waiting rooms, as well as phone interactions with medical staff, can be made more accessible for you and other people with disabilities.

Download and print out the fact sheets to learn more. Then give copies to your health care providers, so that they can read them, too!

Medical doctors want to do a good job and will listen to your advice and learn from this information. Medical providers will appreciate you providing this information, because they know that you are the person who best understands your health care needs.

Follow these steps:

  1. Read the fact sheets. They are easy to understand and will help you learn about your rights and what you can ask your medical provider to do. If you want to learn more, each fact sheet provides links to free resources with more detailed information.
  2. Decide which fact sheets best fit your situation. Some fact sheets focus on specific disabilities, such as vision or hearing loss or mobility impairments, while others deal with more general health care needs. You may find that only one fact sheet is important for you, or you may find that two or three of the fact sheets are relevant.
  3. Print out the fact sheets that will help educate your medical provider and give them to him or her! For more information about how to teach your provider about what you need, MAP includes a video, Access for Disabled Women: Tell Your Doctor about Your Access Needs.
  4. You can add information to the fact sheets. Each fact sheet leaves space at the bottom of the page for you to add your own advice or personal information. There is also plenty of additional space on the back.