Health Care Access for Patients and Companions that are Blind or Experiencing Vision Loss

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time Zone


A great deal of print and online information is provided by health care providers to patients and companions. This includes treatment plans, information about follow-up appointments and prescriptions. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws require health care providers to communicate effectively with patients and companions who are blind or experiencing vision loss. This session will explore ways in which critical health information can be provided in accessible formats. The presenters will also discuss their personal experiences as blind individuals and the best ways health care staff can offer and provide assistance to patients and companions.

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
Certificate of Attendance 1.5


Peter Berg, ADA Technical Assistance Coordinator, Great Lakes Center

Katie Frederick, Community Manager and Accessibility Lead, International Association of Accessibility Professionals

Questions for presenters:

1 Is it a reasonable accommodation to expect healthcare providers to give assistance in completing paperwork/digital questionnaires Upon request when you are at a medical appointment because you cannot Access/read & write The required info yourself? can healthcare providers require you to bring a cited assistant with you?

Session Questions

This session is accepting questions from registered users. After you have registered to participate in this session you can submit your questions on your Account Manager page. Please note: the number of questions will be limited and submissions will be closed well before the session starts to provide time to prepare answers.