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Disability Rights

Partnering with persons with disabilities to advocate for their health and rights

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  • 1K+ hiring managers trained on disability awareness and reasonable accommodations
  • 37K ADA compliance consultations a year
  • 134K disabled & socially vulnerable CA residents received COVID-19 information & resources

Our Work

People with disabilities have the right to full and unrestricted participation in society. The Public Health Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities, with a focus on disability policy, civil rights, disability law, employment, health issues, independent living and assistive technology. PHI programs partner with persons with disabilities to advocate for their health and rights. We provide consultation and technical assistance, promote innovative assistive and instructional technologies, build the capacity of institutions to provide for full and unrestricted participation for those with disabilities, disseminate information and updates related to accessible technologies, and more.

PHI Priority

Building Health Equity

As part of a statewide campaign in 2020, the Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute engaged over 339,000 residents in three California counties to make emergency preparedness inclusive of people with disabilities, seniors and older adults, and people in poverty. With the onset of COVID-19, the Center also connected over 134,000 Californians with disabilities to essential safety information and resources. Their work provides a model for how to authentically include people with disabilities in emergency planning, and has been highlighted by state and local leaders as a best practice in how to support diverse and vulnerable populations in preparing for future disasters and emergencies.

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PHI’s Center on Disability highlights disaster preparedness needs and strategies for people with disabilities, part of the state’s Listos California campaign.

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Wildfires & Extreme Heat: Resources to Protect Yourself & Your Community

Communities across the U.S. and around the world are grappling with dangerous wildfires and extreme heat. These threats disrupt and uproot communities and pose serious risks to environmental and community health—from rising temperatures, unhealthy air pollutants, water contamination and more. Find PHI tools, resources and examples to help communities take action and promote climate safety, equity and resiliency.

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