NYLPI aims to address accessibility problems faced by people with disabilities trying to access health care resources in New York City. The project includes a focus on inaccessible medical equipment and problems of access to medical offices. The work was inspired in part by the 2007 success in our case against Staten Island University Hospital.
- Staten Island University Hospital
In 2001, NYLPI filed suit against the Staten Island University Hospital for discrimination against people with disabilities and has since been working with SIUH on a joint effort to resolve previous accessibility problems. When the suit was filed, we alleged a number of discriminatory practices at SIUH including a segregated waiting room for people with disabilities and general failure to provide reasonable accommodations for their patients.
In the years that have followed, SIUH has addressed issues in the case and has created a new training program for staff to ensure that all employees are knowledgeable about the rights of patients with disabilities. We hope to carry this success into future health care access work.
- Comments on ADA Regulations
In 2008, NYLPI helped develop model comments distributed nationwide to individuals and advocacy groups seeking to have input on recently proposed changes to the federal regulations implementing Title II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). NYLPI also submitted comments directly to the Department of Justice, which focused primarily on the impact of the proposed changes on access to health care for persons with disabilities.