The Special Hope Foundation will be premiering two short films, “Supported Decision Making: Gabby’s Story” and “Bridging the Gap: Improving Healthcare Access for People With Disabilities,” on March 18th via OVEE, an online streaming platform. Online registration is required in advance.
The Special Hope Foundation aims to promote the establishment of comprehensive healthcare services for adults with developmental disabilities designed to address their unique and fundamental needs. Their two short films were developed following a conference they held last fall and highlight a theme that emerged as a result of their engaged stakeholder conversations. It is their hope that the films will not only provide deeper understanding of these complex healthcare access issues, but that they will promote greater awareness to healthcare provides, advocates, and policymakers.
SUPPORTED DECISION MAKING: GABBY’S STORY
Supported decision making is an emerging strategy to enable individuals to make their own choices. This is especially helpful in the healthcare setting where every person utilizes the expertise of their provider and other resources to make difficult health-related decisions. This film uses Gabby’s story to illustrate the benefits of the strategy, both in the decision making process and as a way to maintain personal autonomy.
BRIDGING THE GAP: IMPROVING HEALTHCARE ACCESS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Too often, healthcare providers do not receive adequate training to practice culturally sensitive care towards those with disabilities. This creates a barrier to primary and emergency medicine. This film highlights Melissa and her stories of both frustration and victory, working with practitioners to break down assumptions.