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Disabled Not Disposable: A Health Equity Conference From the Disabled Patient’s Perspective

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 | 10AM to 3PM
Virtual - link provided after registration

Disabled Not Disposable: A Health Equity Conference from the Disabled Patient's Perspective

CME Credit Designation: 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ | 4.0 Contact/Clock Hours

Disabled Not Disposable is a free virtual conference for health care providers who seek increased knowledge and training on providing quality and dignified care for patients with disabilities. Our hope is that this conference will result in decreased health inequities faced by the disability community and improve trust with a community that disproportionately requires complex care.

The half-day virtual event will involve four educational sessions between the medical community and the disability community. The session topics are as follows:

  • Ableism and Disability Bias in Health Care
  • Inclusive Communication
  • Intersectionality
  • Accessibility and Person-Centered Health Care
  • Optional Debrief and After Care Session**

**Instructions to attend the Optional Debrief and After Care Session will be provided during the virtual conference. **CME credits will not be offered for this session.

After reaching out to health care providers in the community to determine educational needs in this topic area, all educational content was planned, and will be delivered by, people with disabilities.

Planned in collaboration with Gillette Children's, the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, and Special Olympics Minnesota.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this virtual conference, participants should be able to:

  • Define ableism and disability bias while understanding why the medical model of disability is problematic and hold tactics on how you can challenge your own disability bias in your health care practice.
  • Define accessible and inclusive communication and explain why it is important for health care professionals and those they serve.
  • Develop mental flexibility skills and strategies to enhance communication with patients with disabilities, develop fluency, and understand linguistic and cultural interpretation as needed.
  • Describe how a disabled patient’s other identities may influence their experience of disability and their healthcare needs.
  • Describe what accessible person-centered health care is for people with disabilities, know what tools that they need to use to help bridge the gaps in health care to ensure health care is accessible to all.

Overall Conference Objective: Fill the gap in education that health care providers receive on caring for people with disabilities by centering the discussion on the experiences that disabled people face within the healthcare system, how the disability experience can be improved, and why dignified treatment is essential.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Information:

Credit Designation: 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ | 4.0 Contact/Clock Hours

Physicians: Gillette Children’s is accredited by the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians and takes responsibility for the content, quality, and integrity of this educational activity.

Gillette Children’s designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Questions? If you have any questions regarding this continuing education activity, please contact us at