Equal Access for Students With Disabilities, 2nd Edition: The Guide for Health Science and Professional Education
2020 launches a new decade that coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. As the hashtags #DocsWithDisabilities, #NursesWithDisabilities, and #AbleMedics stir the discussion globally, and new legislation safeguards the rights of learners with disabilities, it is also the responsibility of educators and institutions to be proactive and join the global efforts toward disability inclusion. This second edition is timely in that sense. It includes changes in language and approach that move us toward a social justice approach. The practice recommendations offer a shift from a service delivery model to one focused on disability inclusion. New elements help to round out the knowledge required for inclusion, including a chapter on technical standards and enhanced discussions of communication and accommodations. This volume offers many practical recommendations to assist disability resource professionals in developing inclusive policies that support student disclosure, especially for those with non-apparent disabilities. It also addresses ethical dilemmas (professionalism, patient safety, maintaining boundaries), especially in complex scenarios. At the conclusion of the book, readers will find thought-provoking discussion questions and scenarios to exercise the skills developed through reading the text. Barriers to disability inclusion in health sciences and the underrepresentation of clinicians with disabilities is a global issue, which is further highlighted in a recent Lancet comment. The book assists in the realization of global commitments to the inclusion of learners with disabilities. Practical guidance on providing equal access in health professions education, and debunking myths surrounding the capabilities of students with disabilities, will go a long way to help programs create an accessible environment. The book offers an up-to-date, comprehensive overview of promising practices that work toward the full inclusion of students with disabilities in academic health science settings while meeting legal compliance obligations.