Tips & advice for neurodivergent, autistic, gender-diverse, and trans people about finding & going to doctors — A downloadable guide prepared by the AWN Network (awnnetwork.org) and the LGBTQ Task Force (thetaskforce.org)
Research and community storytelling reveal
that autistic and trans people experience major health disparities in access to care, quality of care, and health outcomes for physical and mental health care. Many of us also experience discrimination, prejudice, and bias in doctor’s offices and hospitals, even in clinics meant to serve marginalized communities.
For autistic and trans people who haven’t had reliable access to health care, the processes of finding providers and knowing how to plan for disability-related access needs can be scary, confusing, and complicated.
The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network and the National LGBTQ Task Force are excited to share a guide for trans autistic people called Before You Go: Know Your Rights & What to Expect at the Doctor and in the Hospital.
This guide will help our trans and autistic community members know better what to expect when going to doctors or hospitals, understand rights and responsibilities, and strategize for safety planning, effective communication, accommodations, and more.
Additional COVID accessible resources from Georgia Tech, include ASL, Braille, Easy to Read and Accessible word documents can be found at: COVID-19 Accessible Resources Home | Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (cidi.gatech.edu/covid).
The Emergency Rental Assistance program can help renters who are unable to pay their rent and utilities due to situations related to COVID-19. You can apply at www.rentrelief.utah.gov or www.jobs.utah.gov/housing/rent-relief/
Funds can be used to pay:
Current rent plus 3 months of prospective rent (with a termed lease)
Utilities, internet and home energy costs
Eligible households have:
Combined household income at or below 80% of area median income
Someone in the household has qualified for unemployment, or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19
Household is experiencing housing instability (for example, received a past-due utility or rent notice or eviction notice, or living in unsafe or unhealthy living conditions) due to COVID-19
Applicant resides in the household and is on the lease
There are workshops where Deaf Lesbians look at ourselves as lesbians, from all walks of life. There are also workshops that focused on health, aging, spirituality, domestic violence, understanding laws, and financial advice. But, we are not limited to these topics. Hosts are often open to new topics and are open to the needs of this small oppressed group of Deaf people.
• Luczak, Raymond. Assembly Required: Notes from a Deaf Gay Life. RID Press. 2009. Print. [link to order book]
• Luczak, Raymond. Eyes of Desire: A Deaf Gay & Lesbian Reader. Alyson Books. 1993. Print. [link to order book]
• Luczak, Raymond. Eyes of Desire 2: A Deaf GLBT Reader. Handtype Press. 2007, Print. [link to order book]
The Deaf Queer Resource Center (DQRC) is a national nonprofit resource and information center for, by and about the Deaf Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Questioning communities (hereafter referred to as the “Deaf Queer community”). This is “the place” to find the most comprehensive and accurate information about this unique community. DQRC was founded by Deaf Queer / Trans activist Dragonsani (“Drago”) Renteria and launched on the web on September 1, 1995. A multi-award winning website, DQRC averages more than 15,000 visits per month. DQRC is run entirely by volunteers.
Note: The website is “under construction” as of the creation of this resource. You can still find then on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
The Disabled Rights Action Committee (DRAC) works to establish equal rights for people with disabilities through enforcement of federal and state laws, including the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). DRAC advocates for legislative action and other measures to improve these rights, including care, treatment, housing, and accessibility.
Phone Number: 801-685-8214
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/disablerightsactioncommittee/
Use the link below to explore the medical equipment we have available for disabled community members. These items are free to a good home. When you submit your request for a piece of equipment, we will contact you to coordinate a time for you to pick up from our downtown Salt Lake City office.
Northwest Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf was founded on the idea of helping those in need. Since our organization was established, we have endeavored to provide help where the need is greatest.
Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf The Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (RAD) is a nonprofit organization established in 1977. The purpose of this Alliance is to establish and maintain a society of Deaf Gays and Lesbians to encourage and promote the educational, economical, and social welfare; to foster fellowship; to defend our rights; and advance our interests as Deaf Gay and Lesbian citizens concerning social justice; to build up an organization in which all worthy members may participate in the discussion of practical problems and solutions related to their social welfare. RAD has over twenty chapters in the United States and Canada
Report an ADA Violation in Utah
The Disabled Rights Action Committee (DRAC) collects community reports and follows up on ADA violations in Utah. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. Title III of the ADA prohibits private places of public accommodation from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. Examples of public accommodations include privately-owned, leased or operated facilities like hotels, restaurants, retail merchants, doctor’s offices, golf courses, private schools, day care centers, health clubs, sports stadiums, movie theaters, and so on.
If you have recently visited one of these locations and found it to be inaccessible, please tell us about your experience. We will follow up with that business to bring it into compliance with the ADA.
If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Disabled Rights Action Committee (DRAC) collects community reports and follows up on fair housing violations in Utah. The Fair Housing Act prohibits this discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. A variety of other federal civil rights laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, prohibit discrimination in housing and community development programs and activities, particularly those that are assisted with HUD funding.
If you live in or have recently visited a housing complex that was inaccessible, please tell us about your experience. We will follow up to determine whether that complex is required to comply with the provisions of the Fair Housing Act.
If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com
The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network’s activities include public policy advocacy, the development of autistic cultural activities, and leadership trainings for autistic self-advocates. They provide information about autism, disability rights, and systems change to the public through a number of different educational, cultural, and advocacy related projects.
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AutisticAdvocacy/