Teaching and Learning Resources

Interprofessional Education

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:

Nationally Implemented  Assessment Instruments by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 


To search for rehabilitation setting items used nationally you need to “check” which healthcare setting you want displayed and further filtering possible by selecting a section within a chosen assessment (e.g. Functional Status Section GG) this will display other detailed choices from which to sort these assessment items


  • Disability Equity Collaborative  (DEC) “supports individuals,  healthcare organizations, policy makers, advocates, researchers, and professional organizations working to address the health disparities experienced by patients with all types of disabilities.”

  • Interprofessional Education

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.

  • Moving Healthcare Upstream

Navigating the Health Care System "is a four-unit health literacy curriculum designed by Nemours Children’s Health for use with young adults. It is designed to prepare high school and college-age teens to be responsible for managing their own health care as they transition into adulthood. Materials are suitable for in-class, in-home, after-school, and community settings, and can be taught virtually.”


“The Patient Provider Communication Network is a national and international effort to promote information sharing, cooperation and collaboration among individuals who are committed to seeking improvements in patient-provider communication across the entire health care continuum--from a doctor's office, emergency room, clinic, ICU, acute care and rehabilitation hospital, home health service and hospice. We also address preparing individuals with communication challenges for future medical encounters. Patient Communication Access”


  • Resources for Integrated Care

An Integrated Model for Disability Competent Care (RIC): Toolkit for providing disability competent care for eligible Medicare/Medicaid patients

ASSESSMENTS - A go-to resource for benchmarks and outcomes, with more than 500 measures supported by some of the world's best doctors, clinicians, therapists, and physical medicine and rehabilitation researchers





  • 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

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










Disability Advocacy and Activism

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

  • In a Different Key - film/book on Autism lived experience

  • 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.

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