HRSA Healthy Grants Workshop
Disability and Language Access – How to Meet Your Legal Obligations and Make Your Programs Accessible
The Disability Access session will review some important questions, including:
- Is your organization communicating effectively with individuals who have vision, hearing, or speech disabilities?
- Is your medical equipment accessible to patients with disabilities?
- Is your facility accessible to individuals with mobility-based disabilities?
The session will also summarize relevant law, explain your obligations as they relate to disability access, and discuss how you can meet those obligations. We will touch on specific topics related to disability access, including physical access, medical access, and effective communication.
Note: For programs and services that receive federal financial assistance, federal civil rights laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. Recipients of HRSA funding must ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal access to all of their programs and activities.
The Language Access session will:
- summarize relevant laws;
- explain HRSA recipient obligations as they relate to language access; and
- discuss how you can meet those obligations.
The session will also review the process of creating a language access plan. This serves as your organization’s roadmap to providing quality language access services. We will also examine common challenges that organizations face when trying to provide language access services and review practical solutions for how to address those challenges.
Note: Federal civil rights laws prohibit discrimination against individuals who are limited English proficient (LEP). Recipients of HRSA funding must take reasonable steps to ensure LEP individuals have meaningful access to all of their programs and activities.
Service Animal Requirements: How to Modify Your Policies and Procedures to Ensure Equal Access
Service Animal Requirements: How to Modify Your Policies and Procedures to Ensure Equal Access During this session, we will:
- Provide an overview of disability access laws related to service animals;
- clarify what is and is not a service animal;
- compare and contrast service animal requirements in different settings;
- discuss common service animal accessibility challenges and how to overcome them; and
- hear real-world case studies and applications of service animal best practices.
Under federal law, people with disabilities generally have the right to use service animals anywhere the public is allowed to go. Service animals serve a diverse range of purposes and service animal requirements are different depending on the setting. These two factors have led to misunderstandings about the rights of people with disabilities who utilize service animals, which in turn results in discriminatory treatment and accessibility challenges.