Programs

Accessibility Assessments

Nearly 20% of the population in the United States reports having a disability. Over 97% of persons with disability (PWD) live among the general population and seek healthcare from the same providers as people with disability. PWD face significant disparities in health status and access to healthcare. In an effort to improve healthcare access to South Carolinians with disabilities, the South Carolina Disability and Health Program, in collaboration with the Best Chance Network, is offering free accessibility assessments to Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) facilities across the state of South Carolina.

About the Accessibility Assessments

The assessments are provided free of cost to any FQHC in South Carolina that wish to participate. Each assessment will be scheduled at a time that is convenient for the center, as to not interfere with day-to-day operations in the facility. An SCDHP team member will use a validated assessment tool to measure the physical accessibility of the facility and its parking areas for people with sensory, intellectual, and/or physical disabilities. The assessment takes approximately one hour and will include a confidential reporting and recommendations to each center that participates.

~ Assess the physical accessibility of building and parking area
~ Offer free online disability trainings for health providers/staff
~ Confidential report including recommendations
~ FREE!!

Why do an assessment?

  • Identifies access strengths and areas for improvement
  • Strengthens compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Improves the experience and care for patients with disabilities including the elderly
  • Helps to maintain the mission of providing quality health care to vulnerable populations
  • Assessment reports can establish justification for capital improvement grant applications to support improving the accessibility of your facility

Are potential changes feasible?

  • Some changes can be inexpensive and very manageable (eg. Adjust position of handrails, adjust pressure/speed of automatic door closers, correctly positioning access signs)
  • Some changes may be more difficult or resource-intensive. Capital improvement funding opportunities will be shared

If you are interested in learning more about the SCDHP or to schedule a free assessment for your facility please use the following contact information:

Jevettra Gardner, MPH, CHES
Project Manager
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Phone: 803-777-8875


*Important Note: The SC Disability and Health Program is NOT a regulatory or ADA enforcement agency and will not be reporting the findings of your assessment to any outside agencies. All other reports of sharing of findings during public health and disability related forums or in reports to our funders, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be general, where facility names and locations are not disclosed. The assessment that you receive from SCDHP will be completely confidential and is intended to only provide you with insight about the level of accessibility of your healthcare facility.