Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Discrimination at the doctor's office

The New York Times has an interesting blog post about the prevalence of blatant discrimination towards people with disabilities at doctor's offices throughout the country. It includes comments from a prominent MS researcher Dr. Lisa Iezzoni that made me think about how much work is left to do to fully incorporate the vision of the Americans with Disabilities Act (the ADA). I frequently hear from individuals about buildings that aren't accessible, discrimination at the work place, and the lack of accessible transportation in the community - all issues that the ADA was trying to address.

While passing new laws is necessary to change behavior, it is only a part of advocacy. Implementing laws that have already passed is the much larger and often more complicated challenge. And that work takes an incredible amount of time, patience, and persistence in order to see the intent of the law actually come true.

It makes me think - where have you seen discrimination because of your MS? At your job? At the doctor's office? How much work do you think is left to make real the intent behind the ADA?

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