Organizations who have provided a statement of support for the Core Competencies:

American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD)

The AADMD serves as a resource for healthcare professionals who provide clinical care for those with neurodevelopmental disorders and intellectual disabilities (ND/ID).

American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD)

AAHD seeks to reduce health disparities between people with disabilities and people without disabilities through advocacy, education, public awareness, and research efforts.

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

AAIDD has a mission to ensure progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

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Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

ACEND is an autonomous accreditation agency for educational programs for students preparing to become registered dietitians.

American Public Health Association (APHA) Disability Section

The APHA Disability Section promotes equal opportunities for people with disabilities, including the promotion of equity in healthcare and social change.

ARC of Greater Cleveland

The Arc of Greater Cleveland serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families by providing guidance on public and private services, and promoting self-advocacy.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 204,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

AUCD is an organization comprised of a network of university-based interdisciplinary programs that engage in policy advocacy, program evaluation, technical assistance, basic and applied research, and other activities.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks promotes solutions for the needs of individuals with autism, increased acceptance and understanding of people with autism, and research about autism causes and interventions.

Coalition for Disability Health Equity (CDHE)

The Coalition for Disability Health Equity (CDHE) is a coalition of disability self-advocates, researchers, disability public health organizations, and disability advocacy groups, founded to assure the equitable inclusion of people with disabilities in all provisions of health care and health care reform.

Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association (DDNA)

DDNA is a not-for-profit organization that provides advocacy, education, and support for nurses who provide direct care to individuals with I/DD, thereby improving quality of life.

Goodwill Columbus

Goodwill Columbus is one of the top 50 employers in the central Ohio region, and seeks to enhance work and independence opportunities for people with disabilities.

Hill Country MHDD Centers

The Hill Country MHDD Centers serve Southern Texas counties by providing mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disability services.

UAB Lakeshore Research Collaborative

This collaborative partnership between the UAB School of Health Professions and the Lakeshore Foundation focuses on applied rehabilitative science research to improve outcomes for people with physical disabilities.

Mid-East Ohio Regional Council (MEORC)

MEORC provides various products and services to Ohio county boards, providers, and individuals with developmental disabilities, and utilizes collaboration and problem solving improve services and inclusion in communities.


NADD provides educational services and training material for professionals, care providers, and families to improve mental wellness for people with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)

NACDD seeks to protect public health by investing in primary and secondary prevention efforts to reduce the burden of chronic disease.

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

NACCHO supports local health departments to improve public health via equity, excellence, participation, respect, integrity, leadership, science & innovation.

National League of Nursing

National League for Nursing (NLN)

NLN is an organization dedicated to nursing excellence; it’s mission to build a strong and diverse workforce that will, in turn, create healthier communites.

National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND)

NOND represents people with disabilities who are students, nurses, or other professionals in healthcare, promotes best education and employment practices and advocates on policy that affects the disability community.

New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL)

NYAIL advocates for civil rights, independence, and full participation in society for people with disabilities, and seeks to remove physical, communicational, and attitudinal barriers from life.

Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC)

OACHC promotes access to high-quality, affordable primary and preventive care to Ohioans regardless of insurance status.

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD)

Offering support across the lifespan of people with developmental disabilities, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities oversees a statewide system of supportive services that focus on assuring health and safety, supporting access to community participation, and increasing opportunities for meaningful employment.


Sigma is a global nursing honors society that celebrates scholarship, leadership, and service.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics supports the inclusion of child and adult athletes with intellectual disabilities all around the world.


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