Disability-Competent Health Systems

Susan E. Palsbo, June Isaacson Kailes

Abstract


In July 2005, the United States Surgeon General issued a national Call for Action to Improve the Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilities. This article offers one response. Drawing on the best practices of consumer-driven health programs for people with disabilities, we offer a Disability-Competent Health System model. The model integrates health and social services to maximize opportunities for independent living and person-centered care. This approach is an opportunity for the independent living movement to address health-related issues without subscribing to the medical model.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v26i2.674

Copyright (c) 2006 Susan E. Palsbo, June Isaacson Kailes



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