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MGH Accessibility Resource Site
MGH has launched the MGH Accessibility Resource Site (a.k.a. MARS) as a part of our commitment to meeting the needs of our patients with disabilities. This site is designed as a one-stop site where you can access all resources and equipment available for patients and families with disabilities. It includes a search engine where you can search for certain specialty equipment such as adaptive call bells, portable lifts, and hearing amplifiers. The site also includes a ‘Learn About’ section on how to best accommodate avariety of disabilities, an FAQ for employees with disabilities, and links to a variety of internal and external sites at MGH. This site is a perfect complement to the ‘Excellence Every Day Disabilities’ portal which has a wealth of information including policies, updates, calendar of events, and news articles.
This is a new site and there is always room for improvement so if you would like to see additional information included in the site please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Locating equipment for patients with disabilities:
Sensory Assist Devices
(free to MGH patients)
Approximately one in five Americans has a disability, and that prevalence will likely increase as the population ages. Joining with BWH and the Boston Center for Independent Living, MGH is involved in a major initiative to improve access and care for people with disabilities. The effort focuses on employee awareness and education, the physical environment, patient services, and equipment. read more...
The Council on Disabilities Awareness (CDA) was formed in 2003 to help the hospital address the many and diverse needs of Mass General staff, patients and families, and visitors with disabilities. Its mission is clear: to advise, challenge, and engage the Mass General community in moving beyond the mandates of compliance to create a welcoming and accessible environment for all. read more...
The MGH Disability Program... read more...
Policies, Procedures & Guidelines:
(TROVE: internal access only)
Council on Disabilities Awareness :
Employees with Disabilities Resource Group (EDRG)
launched in October 2011, the EDRG provides networking opportunities, social connection and collaboration to MGH employees.
2014 Meetings (held 12-1pm):
Next meeting: Oct. 16
Thier Conference Room
For more information, please email MGHAccessibility@partners.org.
FCC Adopts New Rules to Expand Text-to-911 Availability
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted new rules requiring text messaging providers to allow Americans to send a text to 911 to get help during an emergency. The rules ensure that all wireless carriers and text application providers are prepared to support text-to-911 by the end of 2014. Text-to-911 can provide a lifesaving alternative for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have a speech disability.
Overcoming obstacles —The Boston Globe, March 15, 2014
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Doctor hopes film raises awareness about adult autism —The Boston Globe, Dec. 16, 2013
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Frustration on all fronts in struggle over child’s future—The Boston Globe, Dec. 16, 2013
Disruptions: Visually Impaired Turn to Smart phones to See Their World—The New York Times "Bits", Sept. 29, 2013
Quandary of Hidden Disabilities: Conceal or Reveal?—The New York Times, Sept. 21, 2013
UN to spotlight disability inclusive development at high-level meeting—UN News Centre, Sept. 20, 2013
Deaf Student, Denied Interpreter by Medical School, Draws Focus of Advocates—The New York Times, Aug. 19, 2013
When Doctors Discriminate Against Persons with Mental Illness—The New York Times, Aug. 10, 2013
Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for patients with disabilities—Caring Headlines, February 3, 2011
Multidisciplinary team recognized for individualizing care—MGH Hotline, August 5 , 2011
Re-defining autonomy: Challenges in caring for individuals with newly acquired disability—Caring Headlines, June 16 , 2011
Multidisciplinary team recognized for individualizing care
Undergoing an operation can be frightening for anyone. For a patient with autism, surgery is even more daunting. This spring, a multidisciplinary team of more than 20 staff members went above and beyond in coordinating care for Matt Lunn, an adult patient with autism who required a surgical procedure as part of his ongoing care. read more...
Read a letter from patient Matt Lunn's mother...
Educational Resources at MGH
(internal access only)
MGH Council on Disability Awareness
Fred (Alfred) White, Chair
Operations Manager, Clinical Support Services, Department of Radiology
Sheila Golden-Baker, Cochair
Clinical Educator, Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical and Professional Development
MGH Office of Patient Advocacy
Wang Ambulatory Care Center Lobby, Room 018
8:30am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday
Zary Amirhosseini, MEd
MGH Disability Program Manager
(617) 726-3370 or (617) 643-7148
MGH Employee Disability Group
Linda Akuamoah-Boateng, BSPT, MHA, CPHQ, Chair
Project Manager, Patient Care Services Quality and Safety
Laurence J. Brennan, Cochair
Senior Development Officer, Mass General Development Office
Links to Resources (partial listings)
Those disabilities that can not be directly identified through observation. They can include cognitive, chronic health, and psychological disabilities. These Disabilities can sometimes or always limit daily activities, range from mild challenges to severe limitations and vary from person to person - Invisible Disabilities Association - IDA
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