Patients with Disabilities

Resources to support individuals with disabilities navigate the healthcare environment. The following are categorized from general resources for individuals with disabilities to resources by disability (i.e. Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Blind or Low Vision, etc.).

Individuals with Disabilities

Accessibility and Disability Accommodations at Michigan Medicine
Accessibility and accommodation resources at Michigan Medicine

MiChart Disability and Accommodations Tab
The goal of the MiChart Disability and Accommodations Tab is to improve the accessibility of Michigan Medicine ambulatory care and inpatient services for people with disabilities using the electronic health record.

University of Michigan Medicine Center for Disability Health & Wellness Outpatient Medical Clinics
Outpatient medical clinics in Michigan Medicine that tailor care to the needs and abilities of individuals with disabilities.

American Association of People with Disabilities
The American Association of People with Disabilities is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities.

Financial Assistance and Support Services for People with Disabilities
Explore a wide range of programs and tools to help with housing, taxes, medical bills, service and emotional support animals, and more.

Getting the Care You Need: A Guide for Individuals with Disabilities
A guide for people with disabilities.

LEAD Program
The LEAD program provides communities of color with increased access to disability education and resources to account for the significance of institutionalized oppression and white supremacy on their outcomes.

Michigan Disability Resources
On these pages you will find the services and programs for people with disabilities offered by the State of Michigan as well as other sites of interest.

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition
Works to cultivate disability pride and strengthen the disability movement by recognizing disability as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity while collaborating to dismantle all forms of oppression.

National Resource Center for Aging with a Disability
Find programs and resources in your area to support healthy aging with a disability

Navigating Health Care with a Disability: Our Stories, a Focus on People with Disabilities
To learn more about the experiences of people with disabilities that use wheelchairs and what you can do to be a better advocate, visit the CMS YouTube channel.

Toolkit for People with Disabilities
Toolkit for People with Disabilities is intended to provide information and guidance about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to people with disabilities.

Blind and Low Vision

Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI)
ABVI restores independence to those with visual impairment and blindness.

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP)
BSBP provides training and services that empower people to achieve their individual goals.

Low Vision Resources University of Michigan Medicine Kellogg Eye Center
A list of low vision resources provided on the Kellogg Eye Center website.

Michigan Blind/Visual Impairment Resources
A list of blind/visual impairment resources in Michigan.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA)
ALDA provides support, advocacy, and outreach for Late-Deafened, Deaf, and Hard of Hearing, as well as their families.

Communication Guide for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Patients
This guide is to help patients get ready for a doctor's appt/hospital visit.
Health Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community, Interpreters, and Healthcare Professionals Medical Video Dictionary
An online library of videos in ASL that covers many medical topics to help individuals learn more about their bodies, medical conditions, and illnesses.

Gallaudet University Technology Access Program (TAP)
The Technology Access Program (TAP) conducts research related to communication technologies and services, with the goal of producing knowledge useful to industry, government, and deaf and hard of hearing consumers in the quest for equality in communications. This site has lots of information resources.

Hands & Voices
A parent-led, professionally-collaborative organization infused with the life experiences of adults who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, that is dedicated to serving families with children who are D/HH without a bias around communication modes or methodology

Hearing Health
Unbiased hearing product reviews and education.

Hearing Health The Ultimate Guide to Hearing Loss
Hearing Health's essential starter guide to help identify symptoms of hearing loss for early detection and possibly slowing the progression of hearing loss.

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) - Michigan Chapters
Hearing Loss Association of America, Michigan State Association was formed in 1995 to support the mission of HLAA which is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.

Hearing Loss Association of America Michigan (HLAA) Resources
A list of resources and blog posts provided on the Hearing Loss Association of America's website.

Michigan Hands and Voices
Support for families of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH).

NAD National Association of the Deaf
The NAD Law and Advocacy Center advocates for equal access to health care and mental health services in hospitals and private doctors’ offices across the United States.

Mental Health

Mental Health Association in Michigan (MHAM)
MHAM works by evaluating a variety of public and private mental health services; making recommendations for improvements in these programs; and stimulating demonstration projects to link individuals to needed services.

Michigan Community Mental Health Services
Michigan mental health services are coordinated through local Community Mental Health Services Programs (CMHSPs).

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.