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NCD Announces Discussions on Disability Health Issues and Public Comment Opportunity at Upcoming Meeting

July 10, 2023
Source: National Council on Disability (NCD)

The National Council on Disability (NCD) will hold several panels focused on health disparities for people with disabilities during its Council meeting July 12-13 in Washington, D.C.

On July 12, the Council hosts in-person conversations with senior leaders from across premiere associations of medicine, dentistry, and medical education as well as other experts, and self-advocates, to discuss health disparities of people with disabilities, ableism in health care, and how to equip health care professionals to treat people with disabilities to address both. 

From 9:15 – 10:45 a.m. (Eastern time) NCD hosts a panel on addressing health disparities through disability clinical care competency training.

Speakers include:

  • Zainub Dhanani, Executive Director, Medical Students with Disability and Chronic Illness (alternate is Nora Newcomb, Associate Director)
  • Dr. Susan Havercamp, Director, Health Promotion and Healthcare Parity, The Ohio State University
  • Matt Holder, Past President (2014-2016), American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry
  • Dr. Priya Chandan, Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Louisville School of Medicine
  • Chloe Rothschild, Board Member, the Arc

From 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Eastern time) NCD hosts a panel discussion on responding to health disparities of people with disabilities.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Jonathan Perlin, President and CEO, The Joint Commission
  • Dr. George Shepley, President, American Dental Association
  • Dr. Geoffrey  H. Young, Ph.D, Senior Director, Transforming Health Care Workforce, American Association of Medical Colleges
  • Dr. Bruce Scott, President Elect, American Medical Association
  • Dr. John R. Combes, Chief Communications and Public Policy Officer, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Following the panels, NCD invites the public to provide comment on disability-related experiences and barriers encountered in obtaining appropriate care.

More information is available on our upcoming events page at

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