Access to quality healthcare is paramount to one’s sense of well-being and security – especially when living with developmental disabilities. Having a developmental disability can also make issues around healthcare more complicated – from assumptions on the part of health professionals, financial insecurity, and complicated systems to care, to issues around communication and autonomy.
At the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council, we believe that everyone has a right to good healthcare that respects the dignity of the patient, understands how pain may be expressed in different ways, and accommodates all bodies and minds. Our work continues to push the healthcare system to recognize the particular needs of our community and to find ways to meet those needs with respect.
Here are a few of our recent efforts in healthcare: