Pursuing Health Care Equality for People With IDD Through the Positive Attitudes of Health Care Professionals
Alice Bacherini, MA, University of Perugia, Department of Philosophy, Social and Human Sciences and Education
As professionals and researchers in this field, we spread the word that people with IDD have the same rights as those without disabilities to receive the highest possible quality of health care. However, it is clear to me that we are still far away from equal health care for all, and this inequity is the core driver of my everyday work. I always ask myself, “What can we concretely do to provide an equal and high quality of health care for people with IDD?”
The attitudes of health professionals toward people with IDD makes a difference in the quality of health care that they receive, which affects their quality of life. For people with IDD to regularly enjoy high quality health care, biases against IDD and deficit-oriented approaches by health care professionals must be eliminated while reorienting care providers to focus on the strengths of each person with IDD.
We should do our best to promote positive attitudes to overcome the health care disparities that people with IDD experience, because we all are humans, different from one another, but with the same right to live a worthwhile life and to not be left behind.