Mission & Vision


The mission of the Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education, an interdisciplinary organization, is to advance the availability of effective, appropriate and high quality health care for persons with disabilities by promoting the inclusion of disability-related theory, research, and clinical learning experiences in health care training.


The vision of the Alliance is to be a national leader and resource encouraging every medical, nursing, dental and other health care professional curriculum in the United States to integrate strategies to promote high quality health care for all people with disabilities across the lifespan.


The following values guide the Alliance’s activities:

  • A collaborative spirit shared among its members;
  • A diversity of ideas and viewpoints;
  • Participation of individuals representing a range of health care disciplines;
  • Participation of individuals living with disabilities;
  • A shared belief that persons with disabilities should have equitable access to high quality health care;
  • A shared belief that a definable set of competencies exists for working effectively with persons with disabilities;
  • A shared desire to improve the health care encounter for persons with disabilities and their families or social networks when applicable;
  • A shared desire to promote and support comprehensive federal and state policies that address the health care needs of individuals with disabilities;
  • A shared belief that families and social networks are important participants in the care process and should be considered; and
  • A shared belief that people with disabilities, their family members and their social networks are important partners and contributors in the education of health professionals.

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