About HAIL

A black man with cerebral palsy sitting in a wheelchairFinding the Information You Need

The goal of Health Access for Independent Living (HAIL) is to give useful health information to consumers with physical disabilities who want take action to improve their health.

That information will come from a trusted source: an Independent Living Specialist (ILS) or other staff member at a Center for Independent Living (CIL). We are partnering with CILs to make HAIL's resources available to consumers.

HAIL was created by researchers who are committed to helping people with disabilities to live independently in the community. Several of the researchers are wheelchair-users themselves, so they have first-hand knowledge of what it is like to live with a disability and to try to be healthy.

These researchers work at the Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL) at the University of Kansas, a center with a history of doing research to support independent living for people with disabilities. The RTC/IL website hosts products they have created to support CILs and their consumers.

For more information, see the research project description for HAIL.

Project Staff

Jean Ann Summers, PhD
Dot Nary, PhD
Aruna Subramaniam, MS
E (Alice) Zhang, MA, MEd


The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90RT5015). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this website do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.