The ERC is proud to announce the publication of the Accessible Health Care Self Advocacy Toolkit. This toolkit is just one of the many resources and publications that the ERC uses to educate individuals about their rights under federal, state and local laws.

More than 57 million people living in the United States have at least one type of disability. People with disabilities have a right to accessible health care under federal, state and local laws. As medical technologies and facilities continue to advance, health care providers must ensure that all services are accessible to individuals with disabilities. The lack of accessible health care facilities, equipment, and services too often means compromised medical diagnoses and treatment, to the detriment of patients with disabilities.

The Accessible Health Care Self Advocacy Toolkit is designed to inform individuals of the civil rights afforded to patients with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This toolkit also instructs individuals on how to alert a medical service provider to an accessibility issue and how to request a reasonable accommodation for a medical care facility.

Along with providing information on potential avenues of relief to those that face discrimination in the health care setting, this toolkit also teaches individuals with disabilities how to be effective self-advocates for their rights under the law.

This toolkit was funded by a grant from the United Way of the National Capital Area.

To download a PDF of this report, click here.

To request a hard copy of the toolkit, send us an email at

The ERC also provides ‘Know Your Rights’ presentations, including workshops based on accessible health care. To request a workshop, please contact

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