Doctors with Disabilities Push for Culture Change in Medicine
August 9, 2018
(NPR) – Iezzoni graduated from medical school but didn’t end up becoming a practicing doctor. This was before the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990, and she says she just didn’t have the support. In the decades since, court rulings and amendments have clarified rights and protections. But culture change has been slow to take hold in the profession. Doctors are often portrayed as pinnacles of health, superhumans responding to emergencies around the clock, performing miracles of all kinds. They’re seen as the fixers, not the ones ever in need of accommodations or care.