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Disability Associations and Organizations

Disability Specific Organizations

  Healthcare Professionals with Disabilities - Accessibility


















   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.






  • DDNA - Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association
















      Many resources listed in this link, including national organizations


   Traumatic Brain Injury









   Vision Impairment

  • MyVision, a free digital resource led by expert ophthalmologists and optometrists to provide trusted information on eye health and vision.  Many students with visual impairments can struggle to secure necessary academic help, which can lead to reduced language skills and emotional development. It's so important for students and families to know their options, so we compiled resources for students, with information on assistive technologies, managing the public school system and how parents can help.





  • 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

​Link to Google Scholar accessible literature

   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 Advocacy and Activism

  •  Disability Identity

WUNDER Lab (Chris Smyser & Cynthia Rogers)
Washington University School of Medicine
Use the following notation when writing about a person with a disability/disabled person. Consider adding this notation to educate the public about the two ways of identifying disability and of course, better yet asking the person what their preference is.  

Notation: * Identity-first language (“disabled person”) is preferred over person-first language (“person with a disability”) by many, but not all, disabled people. When referring to specific individuals, it’s best to ask what they prefer.

  • Disability Lead - Disability Lead increases civic engagement and diverse leadership in the Chicago region by developing and building a network of leaders with disabilities.

  • National Council on Disabilities NCD is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities. NCD is comprised of a team of Presidential and Congressional appointees, an Executive Director appointed by the Chair, Andrés J. Gallegos and a full-time professional staff.

Multiple Healthcare Policy resources can be found in the numerous official NCD chair written advocacy correspondences found under

“Findings and recommendations contained in the publications in this section come from analyses of applicable laws, regulations, policy guidance, barriers, promising practices, and health care models.

Publications focus on reform initiatives and consumer directed physical and mental health care. Publications consider a variety of stakeholder groups, including people on tribal lands and members of other diverse cultural groups, people in need of long-term services and supports, youth, and veterans.”

  • Project DOCC - Delivery of Chronic Care is the pediatric residency training curriculum -Self-Advocates (IDD), family members, U Maine staff and medical providers are in our initial stages of learning what are the lessons people with disabilities want professionals to know, and what are the most effective ways to teach providers-in-training so that their future practice includes these lessons.


       Highlighted by the remarkable talent of artists with disabilities, we are showcasing powerful women with limited             mobility who are unstoppable in their lives; however, do experience stops in accessing basic healthcare.

       Our vision is for all to be ABLE to obtain equal and accessible healthcare.




​​​​​   Student Healthcare Professionals with Disabilities

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