Teaching and Learning Resources


ADHCE Core Competencies on Disability for Health Care Education 

  • 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:

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs provide long-term, graduate level interdisciplinary training as well as interdisciplinary services and care. The purpose of the LEND training program is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities. They accomplish this by preparing trainees from diverse professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in their respective fields and by ensuring high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence.

LEND programs operate within a university system, usually as part of a University Center for Excellence (UCEDD) or other larger entity, and collaborate with local university hospitals and/or health care centers. This set-up gives them the expert faculty, facilities, and other resources necessary to provide exceptional interdisciplinary training and services.





  • American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry (AADMD) is a non-profit, membership organization of interdisciplinary health professionals, including primary physicians, medical specialists, dentists, optometrists, nurses and other clinicians, committed to improving the quality of healthcare for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities (IDD). - National Curriculum Initiative in Developmental Medicine (NCIDM)



   Occupational Therapists

   Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians

  • The Henry B. Betts LIFE Center  - “multimedia education center providing opportunities for Learning, Innovation, Family and Empowerment for people living with a wide range of cognitive and physical impairments, chronic condition s or diseases

   Physical Therapists

   Social Work


   Speech and Language Pathologists


Disability Specific Organizations















   Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities


  •  American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine - Aims to provide multidisciplinary scientific education for health professionals and promote excellence in research and services for the benefit of people with and at risk for cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities.





















           Many resources listed in this link, including national organizations


   Traumatic Brain Injury










Disability Advocacy and Activism