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.
 
 

News

  • Helping Babies Beyond Their First Year: A Day of Learning (WI LEND)

    In Milwaukee, WI, 100 infants die before reaching their first birthday. Infant mortality disproportionately affects more Black infants than White infants in Milwaukee due to a variety of social, medical, and other complex factors. The Strong Baby Sanctuary is a network of faith-based organizations that are addressing this multifaceted issue by engaging the community in education, healthcare, and wellness.

  • Inclusion Today, Community Living for Life (Georgetown UCEDD)

    HHS leaders had an opportunity to see this inclusive model in action and learn about the innovative partnership between the Georgetown University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and Easterseals DC MD VA that makes it possible. HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families Lynn Johnson and ACL Administrator Lance Robertson visited several classrooms and met with staff and parents at the center to hear about how the program works and the difference it has made for families.

  • Iowa University Center for Excellence in Disabilities in Singapore (IA UCEDD)

    Brenda Bassingthwaite, PhD, BCBA, Program Manager for Education at Iowa's UCEDD and David Wacker, PhD, Emeritus Faculty in Pediatrics at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, presented their work training Iowa school-based behavior teams in functional behavior assessment and behavior assessment and interventions in homes in-person and via telehealth at the --- conference at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. Currently, there is not an applied behavior analysis (ABA) program in Singapore; thus, there is limited application of ABA.

  • United Nations Flagship Report on Disability and Development 2018 (NH UCEDD)

    Disability and poverty research led by Dr. Debra L. Brucker was cited multiple times in the recently released United Nations Flagship Report on Disability and Development 2018. The research highlighted the high rates of poverty experienced by working-age individuals with disabilities in the U.S., comparing poverty rates calculated using four different measures of poverty and deprivation.

 
 

Upcoming Events

AAIDD 143 Annual Meeting

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Monday, June 24, 2019 - Thursday, June 27, 2019
Location: Twin Cities, MN

The 143rd AAIDD Annual Meeting will provide a forum for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, students and advocates to learn about innovations in our field that are being translated and implemented on a grander scale. Through knowledge translation we can change practices and policies through effectively communicating our research and creating change at all levels. In a political climate that is complex and dynamic, it is important to remain relevant through the thoughtful translation of our knowledge.

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Past Events

Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Monday, February 25, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Please join us to hear about national work and discuss issues pertinent to the topic of early identification of autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Alacia Stainbrook from Vanderbilt Kennedy Center will moderate a three expert panel presentation and facilitate questions and comments from webinar participants.

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Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #4

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

It is well documented meaningful relationships are connected to better health, social, and quality of life outcomes for all people, including people with disabilities. Relationships can help to create a greater sense of identity, self-worth, and belonging. Relationships are important, but they can look different for all of us. Join us to hear from self-advocates as they talk about their experiences being married, dating, partnered, and single. Sex Talk #4, Relationship Experiences, will focus on the personal relationship experiences of self-advocates as they join our panel of sexual health educators.

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National Center on Disability in Public Health Webinar Series: Sustaining Change & Inclusion

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Learn about change management strategies that support inclusion and action plans that sustain change.

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Transition in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar

Please join us to hear about national work and discuss issues pertinent to the topic of supporting autistic individuals as they transition to adulthood. Dr. Eric Moody from Wyoming Institute for Disabilities will moderate a three expert panel presentation and facilitate questions and comments from webinar participants.

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Resources

 
 

Related Links

 

1/1/2007

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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