Accessibility Options

Contact Information

Center for Disabilities Studies
University of Delaware
461 Wyoming Road
Newark DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-6974
TDD: 302-831-4689

Health Care

Health care providers play a critical role in ensuring that people with disabilities receive full access to health care.  It is important that providers address the individual needs and understanding of each patient. In addition, many providers have noted very little comfort working with patients with specific disabilities due to lack of experience working with or training to work with people with disabilities.

Below are some free training materials for providers about working with and caring for patients with disabilities.

Online Training Programs for Providers

Healthcare Access for Persons with Disabilities

This two-part series was developed by Dr. Susan Havercamp at the Nisonger Center and provides CME credits through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Part I: Persons with Physical and Sensory Disabilities
To learn more about the health and healthcare issues for people who have mobility and sensory disabilities (including people who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids, are blind, or Deaf), click the link below.  You will first be taken to a pre-test you must complete before beginning the course.
Click here for Healthcare Access for Persons with Physical and Sensory Disabilities

Part II: Persons with Developmental Disabilities
To learn more about health issues and barriers to healthcare for people with developmental disabilities (including intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, and cerebral palsy), click the link below.  You will first be taken to a pre-test you must complete before beginning the course.
Click here for Healthcare Access for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

Adult Health Case-based Modules
 on Health of People with Intellectual Disabilities

These cases are designed for LEND and UCEDD trainees to learn more about the adult phase of the life course continuum of health and health care for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Developed with support from the HealthMeet Project of the Arc. these modules do not currently offer CME credits. We are exploring options for making credits available to Delaware providers in the near future.  


Treating Adults with Physical Disabilities: Access and Communication
This is a “Training Curriculum for Medical Professionals on Improving the Quality of Care for People with Disabilities,” developed by the World Institute on Disability, in collaboration with the Center for Health Care Strategies, the Kaiser Permanente Foundation, and the California Health Care Foundation. This publication is available in PDF format or in Microsoft Word.


Improving accessibility in your practice

Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities
This document outlines important considerations for providers in creating accessible exam rooms and gives an overview of accessible medical equipment including accessible exam tables and chairs, lifts for transferring patients and accessible mammography equipment.

For more information on making your facility accessible, visit HDWD’s Accessibility Page.

Tips and Strategies to Promote Accessible Communication

This document was developed by the North Carolina Office on Disability and Health to suggest techniques to improve communication between patients and providers. The document addresses accessibility with regards to communication and how to remove or reduce barriers that currently exist for patients with disabilities.

Click here to learn more from HDWD about the provider’s role in ensuring effective communication.