Disability-Competent Care

What is Disability-Competent Care?

  • Disability-competent care is participant-centered, provided by an interdisciplinary team (IDT), and focused on achieving and supporting maximum function.
  • Disability-competent care recognizes and treats each individual as a whole person, not a diagnosis or condition, and is structured to respond to the participant’s physical and clinical needs while considering his or her emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual needs.

Why is Disability-Competent Care Important?

  • Current models of care delivery are not always well suited to addressing the needs of those with functional limitations.
  • Individuals with disabilities may face both barriers of inconvenience and barriers that prevent optimal care delivery when trying to access the standard of care that individuals without disabilities may take for granted.