Core Competencies on Disability for Health Care Education


As of early January 2018, the 2nd iteration of Core Competencies on Disability Health Care Education are under review. As such, the survey has been closed. However, if you would still like to access the core competencies document, please complete information below and you will be re-directed to a link to access these competencies separately from the survey.

Thank you for your interest, and if you have any additional questions/concerns please contact Wes Barnhart,, or by phone, (614) 688-2928!


The Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education (the Alliance) and the Ohio Disability and Health Program have partnered to improve the disability training that health care students receive.  Our first step is to determine what it is about disability that health care providers need to understand.  We are asking help in refining these disability competencies.These competencies are designed to be cross-disability and interdisciplinary.

The purpose of this project is to develop a consensus on the disability competencies required for health care providers to provide quality care to patients with disabilities.

Competencies are abilities and attributes that are essential to effective health care delivery.  Disability competencies, then, are the skills and attributes essential to providing quality health care to patients with disabilities. Health education programs are built around the core competencies of the profession.  Coming to a consensus on what health care providers need to know about disability is the first step in integrating disability competencies into required health education curricula.

Who are we? 
The Alliance on Disability in Health Care Education (website) is a not-for-profit organization of medical school faculty, nursing school faculty, and other health care educators who are working to integrate disability-related content and experiences into health care education and training programs. The Ohio Disability and Health Program is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded project that works to improve the health of Ohioans with disabilities through physical activity, nutrition intervention, tobacco cessation, and training and education initiatives.

What do we want?
We need the help of medical professionals, educators, and people who live and/or work with disability to help us refine a draft set of disability competencies.  We hope you will agree to serve on the Disability Competencies Review Committee.  As a committee member, we will ask you to review and offer feedback on the draft competencies.  We will then revise the competencies based on feedback and ask that you review the revised document.  We will continue in this way until we reach consensus on what health care providers need to understand about disability to provide quality care to patients with disabilities.  We anticipate that this entire process will take no more than 2 hours of your time over the next year.


I hope you will help! Please complete and submit the following commitment form if you would like to serve on the Competency Development Committee.


Contact us at if you have questions about this project or need accommodations to fully participate in this activity.