Core Competencies for Health Care Education

  • Core Competencies on Disabilities (created by ADHCE members)

  • Core Competencies on Disability for Health Care Education  (For all DIsciplines)

    • The Ohio State University Nisonger Center & Alliance for DIsability Health Care Education utilized the Delphi Method to gain consensus from a broad, diverse and inclusive group to create the Core Competencies on DIsabilities Standards to guide education on disabilities.

    • The following is from Chapter 16 Preparing a Disability-Competent Workforce, authored by  Adriane Griffen and Susan Havercamp:

    • “ The Core Competencies on Disability for Health Care Education establish the baseline expertise required to provide quality health care to patients with disabilities. The intent of these Health Care Education Competencies is to provide broad disability standards to guide healthcare education. The Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education, a nonprofit group comprised of interprofessional health educators, developed these competencies to increase healthcare providers understanding in order to provide quality health care to patients with disabilities. These Health Care Education Competencies were designed to apply to people with all types of disabilities (e.g., mobility disabilities, developmental disabilities, mental health disabilities) and to future healthcare providers across disciplines (e.g., medicine, nursing, social work, nutrition, speech, and hearing). The Alliance partnered with Ohio Disability and Health Program at the Ohio State University Nisonger Center to solicit feedback and refine the Health Care Education Competencies with input from a broad group of disability stakeholders. A consensus on the core Health Care Education Competencies was achieved through an iterative structured feedback process that included people with disabilities, family members, disability and health experts, health educators, and health care providers. An overwhelming majority (91%) shared that the Health Care Education Competencies were relevant to education across health disciplines (91%). The Disability Competencies for Health Care Education are available at