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 and providers with disabilities by developing accessible and practical resources to advance healthcare, medical education, and training.

  2. Accelerate the discovery of transformational human-centered research to advance inclusive institutional practices and significantly impact the lives of people with and without disabilities.

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

  4. Support and expand mentorship program with individuals from all levels of healthcare training committed to fostering initiatives that enrich life-long excellence. 

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

  6. Leverage human-and digitally-driven institutional, governmental, and community partnerships to advocate for long-term intelligent disability-inclusive systems.