About The Alliance

The Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education, Inc. (ADHCE), is a not-for-profit organization of educators and faculty in the healthcare professions (medical, nursing, social work, public health, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and others)   who are working to integrate disability-related content and experiences into health care education and training programs.. Through journal publications, conference presentations, and representation on advisory panels and workgroups, the Alliance strives to ensure that the need for disability-related education and training in health care is recognized and addressed.

Founding The Alliance

The Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education, Inc. was established in recognition that there were health care faculty around the United States who were working to teach health care students about disability within their own institutions, and an understanding that collectively they might be able to broaden the quality and availability of disability-related experiences in health care training programs nationally.  In 2007, a roundtable meeting was held at the Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack, New Jersey.  Participants were ten educators and two graduate students who were identified as having introduced disability-related content and experiences into their institutions’ curricula.  They represented training programs in medicine, nursing, dentistry and pharmacy.  That initial meeting ended with a commitment among the participants to continue sharing ideas and strategies and to explore opportunities for collaboration.  Members of the group continued to meet monthly by telephone and annually for in-person meetings, initially at Tufts University Medical School, picking up new members along the way.  In 2011, the Alliance incorporated as a 501c3 not-for-profit organization with Ken Robey, PhD serving as president and Linda Long-Bellil, JD, PhD as vice-president.  Throughout the organization’s existence, it has maintained a cross-discipline and cross-disability focus, and its activities and philosophies have been rooted primarily in the social model of disability.

Historical overview provided by Ken Robey, PhD, Founding President of  The Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education, Inc.