Illinois Department of Public Health Disability and Health Program

The Illinois Disability and Health Program, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, works to promote and maximize health, prevent chronic disease, improve emergency preparedness, and increase quality of life among people with disabilities. One focus of the program is to increase access to health care for people with disabilities. To address this need, the program developed a series of FREE training webinars for healthcare facility staff and providers.

All sessions will be close captioned.

May 16, 2016 12:00pm CT
Topic: Part I: Communicating with Patients Who Are Deaf or DeafBlind

Description :
The first of two sessions for communicating with patients who are deaf or deafblind will focus on:
  • Findings from focus group interviews with patients with disabilities
  • Legal Requirements
    • What is the responsibility of the provider?
    • What is an appropriate accommodation?
    • Who is required to pay for the accommodations?
    • Can/should a family member be asked to interpret?
  • Effective Communication with a Patient who is Deaf
    • Etiquette/respect
    • Which types of interpreter license levels are allowed to work in a health care setting?
    • What are the guidelines in obtaining a specific type of interpreter in order to achieve effective communication?
    • How can I locate a licensed sign language interpreter?
    • What types of assistive technology are available/appropriate?
    • Considerations for people who are DeafBlind (basic overview)
  • Resources for interacting effectively with patients with disabilities
Continuing Education Recognition:
  • Certificate Of Attendance (1.5 credits)
Presenters:
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Susan Magasi, PhD (Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy). Dr. Magasi earned her PhD in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Upon completion of her post-doctoral fellowships in outcomes and health services research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Magasi joined David Cella’s Center for Outcomes Research and Education before accepting a faculty position in the Department of Medical Social Science at Northwestern University. Dr. Magasi served as a co-investigator on several major NIH-funded instrument development initiatives including the NIH Toolbox Assessment for Neurological and Behavioral and the NIH PROMIS Initiative. Dr. Magasi is a qualitative methodologist on numerous federal, foundation and industry-sponsored research grants. A frequent guest lecturer in qualitative methods, Dr. Magasi has presented her qualitative work nationally and internationally. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming special issue “Current Thinking in Qualitative Research: Evidence-based practice, moral philosophies, and political struggle” in the journal OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health.

Dr. Magasi is deeply committed to the identification and elimination of health and healthcare disparities experienced by people with disabilities. Based on a deep-seated belief that people who experience health and participation inequities are best situated to identify both the source of their own inequities and potential solutions, she favors the use of mixed methods research within a community-based participatory research model.
Esq., Attorney at Law, Robbins, Salomon, and Patt, Ltd
Andrés J. Gallegos, Esq., is a shareholder with the law firm of Robbins, Salomon and Patt, Ltd., in Chicago, Illinois, where he focuses his practice on disability rights and healthcare law. Andrés founded and spearheads the law firm’s 6-year old initiative to improve access to healthcare and wellness programs for persons across all types of disabilities.
Deaf consultant, Deaf Advocate, Deaf Interpreter
Dana Craig was born Deaf and currently resides in Central Illinois and a mother of three grown boys.

Work experience includes teaching as a paraprofessional at several different educational settings, including working with deaf youth with mental illness over the last 20 years. She worked at a Center for Independent Living until June of 2013. Most of her work focuses on systemic changes or as a disability advocate regarding to communication access, transportation, and disability related issues.

She also serves on several board and councils such as Statewide Independent Living Council, Deaf Statewide Coordinators, Livingston Co RAMP project, Livingston Co. Transportation committee and Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Interpreter Licensure board. Additionally, she was a consultant on several video productions that empower Deaf community in understanding their rights and educate hospitals in providing communication accessibility. Dana also has chaired a statewide conference with Illinois Association of the Deaf in Bloomington, IL.

She currently holds Advanced license as a Deaf Interpreter in Illinois and is actively pursuing national certification to become a Certified Deaf Interpreter. Experiences also includes working with DeafBlind in different environments, as a consumer, a student, and a client. Currently provides contractual work as consultant in various of settings.
Deaf consultant, Deaf Advocate, Deaf Interpreter
Brandy Hayes is a Program Coordinator for the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC). IDHHC is an executive state agency that promotes system change, community education and collaboration to advance effective communication access for all individuals with hearing loss in Illinois. Brandy firmly believes and stands by the quote stated by Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”
May 23, 2016 12:00pm CT
Topic: Part II: Communicating with Patients Who Are Blind, Have Speech Limitations, or Have Cognitive Limitations

Description :
The second of two sessions for communicating with patients who are deaf or deafblind will focus on:
  • Findings from focus group interviews with patients with disabilities
  • Legal Requirements
    • What is the responsibility of the provider?
    • What is an appropriate accommodation?
    • Who is required to pay for the accommodations?
    • Is the provider required to provide Braille, audio, electronic formats?
  • Effective Communication with a Patient who is Blind
  • Effective Communication with a Patient with Speech/Language Barrier
  • Effective Communication with a Patient with Cognitive Limitations
    • Etiquette/respect
    • Use of clear/simple language, pictures, diagrams, models
    • Assistive technology
Continuing Education Recognition:
  • Certificate Of Attendance (1.5 credits)
Presenters:
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Susan Magasi, PhD (Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy). Dr. Magasi earned her PhD in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Upon completion of her post-doctoral fellowships in outcomes and health services research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Magasi joined David Cella’s Center for Outcomes Research and Education before accepting a faculty position in the Department of Medical Social Science at Northwestern University. Dr. Magasi served as a co-investigator on several major NIH-funded instrument development initiatives including the NIH Toolbox Assessment for Neurological and Behavioral and the NIH PROMIS Initiative. Dr. Magasi is a qualitative methodologist on numerous federal, foundation and industry-sponsored research grants. A frequent guest lecturer in qualitative methods, Dr. Magasi has presented her qualitative work nationally and internationally. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming special issue “Current Thinking in Qualitative Research: Evidence-based practice, moral philosophies, and political struggle” in the journal OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health.

Dr. Magasi is deeply committed to the identification and elimination of health and healthcare disparities experienced by people with disabilities. Based on a deep-seated belief that people who experience health and participation inequities are best situated to identify both the source of their own inequities and potential solutions, she favors the use of mixed methods research within a community-based participatory research model.
Esq., Attorney at Law, Robbins, Salomon, and Patt, Ltd
Andrés J. Gallegos, Esq., is a shareholder with the law firm of Robbins, Salomon and Patt, Ltd., in Chicago, Illinois, where he focuses his practice on disability rights and healthcare law. Andrés founded and spearheads the law firm’s 6-year old initiative to improve access to healthcare and wellness programs for persons across all types of disabilities.
Coordinator for Technical Assistance, Great Lakes ADA Center , University of Illinois at Chicago
Peter Berg currently serves as the ADA Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Great Lakes Center. He joined the Center in October of 2000 and has since conducted trainings for a wide range of audiences, including Federal agencies, local and state governments, public and private employers and a variety of businesses. Peter has served and continues to serve on a wide range of disability related committees at the University and within the Great Lakes region. His personal experience with employment discrimination based on disability has given him a different perspective in the employment arena as both an employee with a disability and a manager of over 25 employees. He utilizes this experience and his knowledge of the ADA to work effectively with employers and employees to understand the reasonable accommodation process. In addition, Peter is a strong advocate of accessible environments and has been an active advocate for accessibility in the community where he and his family live.
MA, MS, Health Policy Analyst, Access Living Center for Independent Living, Chicago, Illinois
Judy Panko Reis MA MS, a Healthcare Policy Analyst at Access Living and former Executive Director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Women with Disabilities Center, has conducted numerous trainings and published text book chapters and papers on healthcare access for people with disabilities. She is the recipient of several major grants and awards for her work on reducing healthcare disparities for people with disabilities including a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leadership Award.
PhD RN CDDN APHN-BC, Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing, Rush University Medical Center
Dr. Ailey is a nurse researcher and educator with a background in public health and mental health nursing and disability, Dr. Ailey focuses her research and scholarship on behavioral health promotion and improving the health care experience for people with intellectual disabilities. She is the immediate past Treasurer of the National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities. Dr. Ailey earned her BSN, MSN and PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago.