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Access to Healthcare and the ADA: A Review of the Case Law

2:00 pm EDT May 22, 2019   |   Organized by: Great Lakes ADA Center


Access to healthcare is critical for people with disabilities, but often many barriers exist. This webinar will review how the courts have impacted the ADA’s application to healthcare. Topics will include effective communication, accessible medical facilities and equipment, and service animals in healthcare facilities. In addition to reviewing specific court decisions and settlement agreements, this session will also identify trends and potential issues for future ADA healthcare-related litigation.

CLE credit will available via Equip for Equality.


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  • Cost - Free

  • To register please click here - You must have an account and be signed in to complete your registration. For first time users you must create an account. This step is done only once and you will use the same account to register for different sessions throughout the year. After you create an account, you will immediately be able to register for any of our sessions.

  • Continuing Education

    • ACTCP - 1.5 credit hours

    • Certificate of Attendance - 1.5 credit hours

Barry C Taylor

Director of Legal Services, Equip for Equality

Since November 1996, Barry Taylor has been the Legal Advocacy Director at Equip for Equality, Inc., the Illinois Protection and Advocacy system, in which he supervises the legal services, self-advocacy and training programs. Taylor has also overseen many individual and systemic disability discrimination cases including successful federal ADA suits against the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Transit Authority and he is currently counsel in a class action on behalf of people with developmental disabilities living in large private institutions who are seeking community services. He also oversees the agency's self-advocacy training project, which in its first eight years trained approximately 23,000 people with disabilities on the ADA, guardianship, transportation, voting, employment, and special education. Taylor has also given numerous presentations on the ADA across the country to people with disabilities, employers, service providers and advocacy organizations. Prior to becoming Legal Advocacy Director, he was a Senior Attorney for Equip for Equality, and his primary focus was systemic litigation and education under the ADA. Taylor has been the Chairperson of the Disability Rights Consortium; Chairperson of Season of Concern (Chicago AIDS fundraising organization); Chairperson of the Legal Committee for the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems, Chairperson of the Chicago Bar Association's Legal Aid Committee, Chairperson of the Chicago Bar Association's Mental Health and Disability Law Committee, and he oversees the Illinois ADA Project. Taylor is an Adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School, and in 2001, Chicago Lawyer Magazine named Taylor one of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch."

Prior to coming to Equip for Equality, Taylor was the AIDS Project Attorney in the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund working to advance the civil rights for people living with HIV/AIDS. His caseload included a successful challenge to discriminatory inquiries by the Chicago Public Schools on teacher applications. His work at Lambda also included extensive education work regarding HIV/AIDS and the ADA.

From 1988 - 1993, Taylor was a litigation associate at the Chicago law firm of Peterson & Ross. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, where he also received his undergraduate degree.

Rachel M Weisberg

Staff Attorney, Equip for Equality

Rachel Weisberg is a Staff Attorney at Equip for Equality where she litigates individual and systemic disability discrimination cases under Titles I, II and III of the ADA. Rachel also manages the Illinois ADA Project which provides ADA information and trainings to businesses, judges, attorneys, service providers, people with disabilities, government agencies, and other organizations. Prior to Equip for Equality, Rachel worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau and Disability Rights Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General's Office, a labor and employment associate at Sidley Austin LLP, and a law clerk for Chief Judge James G. Carr in the Northern District of Ohio. Before law school, Rachel worked as an ADA technical assistance specialist at the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, and during law school interned with the Disability Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. She is a 2008 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, and a 2003 graduate of the University of Michigan.