Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is recruiting patients and staff with disabilities and access challenges for a new Universal Access Advisory Council.

What is the mission of the council?

The mission of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's (BIDMC) Universal Access Advisory Council is to advise and support the medical center in providing a welcoming, accessible, and comfortable environment for individuals with disabilities and other access challenges. The Council will support and facilitate an ongoing dialog benefiting all members of the BIDMC community - patients/consumers, staff, families, volunteers, and visitors. The Council will review environmental, engineering, administrative and cognitive access issues and assist the medical center in recommending strategies for improvement, setting priorities, and raising awareness for universal access throughout the Medical Center Campuses.

Who is eligible to join the council?

We are looking for BIDMC patients and employees with a variety of disabilities and access challenges to lend their voices to improve accessibility of BIDMC facilities and services.

What are the areas of focus?

The council will raise concerns and discuss issues that patients, family members and staff might have in accessing and utilizing BIDMC facilities and services. In addition, the council will make suggestions and advise BIDMC on priorities for improvement.

What is the commitment?

The council meets six times a year on a bi-monthly basis. Members are asked to commit to a two year term.

Do you provide food and parking?

We provide parking vouchers and food during mealtimes for meetings at BIDMC.

How do I apply?

Please complete an application and select the Universal Access Council when answering the last question.

Who do I contact for more information?

For more information and questions, please contact Patient and Family Engagement in the Social Work Department at 617-667-3421.

Patient and Family Engagement Program seeks to Improve our Diversity and Inclusion:

In order to ensure that our advisory councils are representative of the diverse patient population at BIDMC, we are seeking applicants representing African American, Asian American, Latino, Muslim, LGBTQ, veteran, and other minority communities.

Last Updated: March 10, 2014