Prevention & Wellness

In 2007 the US Department of Health and Human Services put an emphasis on the health and wellness of individuals with disabilities. Following are some news items, resources, events, and summaries of current legislation in this area.


  • Welcome Fall 2019 ProFellows!

    The Fall 2019 Professional Fellows were at the AUCD office on Friday, October 18 for their orientation. For the next five weeks, they will participate in an intensive learning exchange at a UCEDD or a LEND.

  • Mailman Center Implements Early Start Denver Model (FL UCEDD/LEND)

    Therapists at the University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development (MCCD) have embarked on an ambitious project to bring Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) services in English and Spanish to Miami. ESDM is an evidence-based intervention specifically developed for very young children with autism that fuses behavioral and developmental principles for an integrated approach. ESDM can be implemented in a clinic as well as different natural settings such as the home or the daycare/preschool by trained therapists and by parents within play and daily routines.

  • Local Partnership Leads to International Connections (MT UCEDD)

    In the fall of 2018, the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana (UM) and Summit Independent Living Center hosted Ms. Nguyen Thi Van, from Hanoi, Vietnam, who was visiting Missoula, MT as a Mansfield Center Professional Fellow. Van represents two organizations that provide vocational training and independent living skills for people with disabilities in Vietnam.

  • OHSU UCEDD CAC Awards Community Grants for Good (OR UCEDD)

    The UCEDD in the Institute on Development and Disability at OHSU Community Advisory Committee, also known as the Community Partners Council (CPC), has been awarding small grants to the community for seven years now and has funded 32 community projects. At their most recent quarterly meeting, they voted to fund six projects this fiscal year through their Community Engagement Grant program.

  • OHSU UCEDD Announces the Sexual Health Resources Hub is Live

    The UCEDD at Oregon Health & Science University is excited announce that the Sexual Health Resources hub, featured on our website, is live. Developed as part of the Sexual Health Equity for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (SHEIDD) project, a collaboration with Multnomah County in Portland, OR, this hub provides resources to promote holistic sexual health education for people with I/DD.


Upcoming Events

Sex Talk for Self-Advocates #6

Sex Talk for Self-Advocates #6  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m ET
Location: Webinar

This webinar is part of an on-going series that addresses self-advocate questions about relationships and sexuality. This series is a great learning opportunity for self-advocates, and professionals and paraprofessionals working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to better understand sexual health needs.

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Past Events

Newborn Screening for Fragile X Syndrome and Other Developmental Disabilities

Newborn Screening for Fragile X Syndrome and Other Developmental Disabilities  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Most professional believe that early intervention (EI) is essential to improving outcomes for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. But how early is "early?" Should screening identify newborns with IDD, even before symptoms appear? Is there value in "pre-symptomatic" EI for children or families? Are pre-symptomatic treatments powerful enough to alter developmental trajectories in meaningful ways? Using fragile X syndrome to exemplify these issues, this presentation describes Early Check, a research program in which screening newborns for several disorders is offered to 120,000 families per year.

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NEW EI/ECSE Standards- Why? When? Next Steps

NEW EI/ECSE Standards- Why? When? Next Steps  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children is in the process of developing the first ever, stand alone, Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Personnel Preparation Standards. Learn more about the standards,what led to this important step forward for the EI/ECSE workforce and what it means to the Early Childhood Field/Systems. We will share opportunities to provide feedback to the DEC Standards Development Task Force.

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Continuing Education Seminar Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Conference

Continuing Education Seminar Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Conference "Ensuring Enclusion"  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Baltimore, MD

Each year the Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training organizes the Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency. The conference brings national speakers to present on the latest research and practice related to addressing and reducing socially determined health disparities.

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Related Links



The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Improve the Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilities

Resource Website Provided by US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Disabilities

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