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Disability Rights

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

Our Impact

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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

PHI programs partner with persons with disabilities to advocate for their health and rights. The Pacific ADA Center trains emergency management officials on how to incorporate the needs of those with disabilities into disaster and emergency preparedness planning. The center also works with FEMA to ensure that personal assistance services to the disabled are available when national disasters are declared.

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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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Achieving Vaccine Equity: Resources & Best Practices to Bring Down Barriers

To stop the spread of COVID-19, we must ensure easy, equitable access to vaccines—starting with communities that are made most vulnerable due to systemic inequities. Find tools, resources and best practices to support vaccine equity in your community.

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