Stanford Medicine Alliance for Disability Inclusion and Equity (SMADIE)


We believe in a world where disability is celebrated as an integral part of human diversity, inclusivity, and equity.


SMADIE endeavors to transform the culture of Stanford Medicine and beyond from one of compliance to proactive anti-ableism where patients, employees, and trainees with all abilities can thrive.


SMADIE advocates for resources, education, training, policies, accessibility, and services at Stanford Medicine and beyond, not guided solely by law and an accommodations-based approach, but by dismantling systemic discrimination through universal design. SMADIE encourages synergy and collaboration within and beyond the Stanford community in service of Justice.

Specific Mission Functions

  1. Educate for sustainable change for patients with disabilities by developing accessible and practical resources to advance healthcare, medical education, and training.

  2. Generate and disseminate transformational research to advance disbility-inclusive institutional practices.

  3. Design and support health equity initiatives that combat health inequities and improve access to care and services for patients with disabilities.

  4. Support and expand mentorship programs with individuals from all levels of healthcare training committed to fostering initiatives that enrich lifelong excellence. 

  5. Center community to advance disability equity and visibility in medicine through educational, community-building, peer support, and networking initiatives and dialogues.

  6. Leverage community, institutional, and governmental partnerships and public and digital sphere pathways and projects to advocate for long-term sustainable disability-inclusive structures.