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Stanford Medicine Alliance for Disability Inclusion and Equity (SMADIE)


SMADIE is dedicated to advancing disability equity, accessibility, and inclusion at Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Healthcare, and Stanford Children’s Health/Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and beyond.. SMADIE endeavors to transform the culture of Stanford Medicine from one of compliance to anti-ableism where patients, employees, and trainees with all abilities can thrive. The long-term goal is to promote disability as an integral part of human diversity, inclusivity, and equity.


SMADIE advocates for accessibility, resources, policies, and services at Stanford Medicine, not guided solely by law and an accommodations-based approach, but by dismantling systemic discrimination through universal design. SMADIE encourages collaboration within and beyond the Stanford community to eliminate ableism and provide equitable access and opportunity.


  1. To foster and advocate for the equitable treatment and well-being of everyone while embracing differences at Stanford Medicine and beyond.

  2. To combat health inequities and improve access to care and services for patients with disabilities.

  3. To advance healthcare and medical education and training in order to more effectively and humbly serve patients with disabilities.

  4. To advance disability in medicine by providing educational, community-building, peer support, mentoring, and networking opportunities through local, national, and international conversations. 

  5. To establish and implement a long-term strategic plan for disability inclusion at Stanford Medicine.

  6. To exchange ideas about disability initiatives and projects at Stanford Medicine and beyond that increase visibility of disability as a form of diversity.

  7. To advocate for a sustainable structure for disability inclusion through proactive actions.

  8. To cultivate strong and sustainable partnerships with key decision-makers at Stanford Medicine, as well as local, national, and international institutions and governments.

  9. To generate and disseminate evidence-based knowledge and craft powerful narratives to advance institutional practices.

  10. To develop and disseminate assistive technologies for people with disabilities.

  11. To serve as a resource for disability knowledge at Stanford Medicine and beyond.