Since the earliest days of the disability rights movement, the goal has been to achieve equality in all aspects of our society–from the accessibility of buildings and services to careers to health care access. Curb cuts that were once groundbreaking are now so commonplace that a stroller is as likely to use them as a wheelchair. Changes like these both make our world more inclusive and acknowledge what is right. And, as our population ages, the simple fact is that there will be more people with a disability.
At Partners HealthCare we’re meeting this challenge head on: The New Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in the Charlestown Navy Yard opens its doors on Saturday April 27th to serve our community.
While we’ve planned for this new facility for some time, the opening comes at a particularly important moment, given the needs of those who have lost limbs as a result of the marathon tragedy.