New York, NY, October 6, 2010 In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the October issue of Disability and Health Journal has brought together a series of articles to examine whether the ADA has in fact improved the health of people with disabilities. Areas of progress are identified, most notably acknowledging physical barriers and need for better staff training and communication about and with people with disabilities. However, there continue to be ongoing challenges, including recurrent barriers to health care for people with disabilities, discrimination in health care decisions against people with disabilities, limited health insurance coverage, and, in general, poorer health care, and health for people with disabilities.
"When the ADA was enacted 20 years ago, we had not fully identified that there were differences in health and health care for people with disabilities," commented Margaret A. Turk, M.D., Co-Editor, Disability and Health Journal and Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pediatrics SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY. "Research since 1990 has identified that there are differences, and has tried to clarify which of these differences in the health status of people with disabilities can be attributed to health care access, universal design principles, care provider knowledge, or social justice. We continue to actively pursue these areas of research to address and hopefully further resolve these issues."
The issue describes how the ADA can be and has been used to promote the health of people with disabilities.
CONTENTS & KEY POINTS
Editorial: Has the ADA Improved the Health of People with Disabilities?
Margaret A. Turk, M.D.
Yes, somewhat. The contributors hope that the articles in this issue will prove useful in making changes within facilities, institutions, staff, and social interactions,
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