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

  • Predictors of Self-Determination in Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (MA UCEDD/LEND)
    Authored by AUCD Network Members

    ICI's Meg Grigal, Debra Hart, and Frank Smith; along with researchers from the University of Kansas; co-authored an article for the Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities Journal titled, "Predictors of Self-Determination in Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities."

  • Summer Programs have an Impact on Over 110 Participants (TX UCEDD)

    The Center on Disability and Development supports several summer programs; this year there were 111 participants, as well as 49 staff and mentors who supported and supervised the participants.

  • Va-LEND Welcomes New FME Coordinator

    Kathryn "Kate" Flinn is the new Family Mentorship Experience Coordinator (FME) at Va-LEND. Although she became the new FME Coordinator this past July, Kate's connection with Va-LEND began four years ago. According to Kate, in September of 2014 she worked with Va-LEND Trainees on an autism fitness program where she coordinated at the YMCA in Richmond, for teens with Asperger's/High Functioning Autism. Kate has a son who is on the Autism Disability Spectrum (ASD).

  • Survey: Inclusion of Developmental Disability in Training Curricula for Physicians
    Your feedback by August 30th is greatly appreciated.

    We need your expertise. AUCD leads the "Health is for Everyone Action Team (HEAT)," a team of different organizations working to include education about the unique needs of people with Developmental Disabilities (DD) in the training curricula for medical students, residents, and physicians.|

  • MN UCEDD Collaborates with The Arc on FINDS Report Revealing Caregiver Stress

    In 2017, the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC/CL) at the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) conducted an online survey in collaboration with The Arc of the United States in order to better understand the status of family caregivers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in the U.S. Known as the Family & Individual Needs for Disability Support (FINDS) study, the survey and newly released FINDS Community Report 2017 shed light on the experiences of families who provide supports to a family member with I/DD.

  • Dreamer Dreaming Up Change for the Healthcare System (OR UCEDD)

    This summer I had the opportunity to be an intern for the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) within the Institute on Development and Disability (IDD) at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU). My role was with IDD's Diversity Task Force (IDTF) that is made up of providers, clinicians, faculty members, staff, and family members. The mission of the IDTF is as follows: As compassionate leaders in healthcare, we strive to provide innovative and comprehensive services in a welcoming environment. The diversity of life is valued here, and we are committed to making inclusion a priority so everyone at IDD feels comfortable, valued, and respected.

  • Institute for Disability Studies Partners with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on Free Adventure Therapy Program (MS UCEDD)

    Challenge by choice. It is an empowering, yet frightening concept. On one hand, individuals decide whether to take a risk to overcome specific obstacles. On the other hand, they have the daunting task of facing their fears with the possibility of disappointment by not achieving their goal. What if the obstacles and fears were replaced by a low swinging log, a zipline 45 feet in the air, a kayak paddle, or a rock wall? Would the choice still be as challenging?

  • "Bottom Dollars," an Award-winning Documentary on Inclusive Employment, is Screened Throughout Iowa:
    Tammie Amsbaugh, CDD/UCEDD Program Manager, helped the Rooted in Rights documentary tour the state

    CDD and the Iowa Department of Human Rights in partnership with the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council and Disability Rights Iowa hosted the screening in eight cities around Iowa. This 2016 film calls for the phase out of the sub-minimum wages and sheltered workshops, and offers solutions for fair wages and inclusive employment. The documentary features personal stories and expert interviews with advocates that have been working to improve the employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

  • MNLEND 2017-18 Forum: The 'F-Words' in Childhood Disability

    In the 21st century, people are embracing new ideas and new paradigms for the healthcare and disability fields. Guiding us are the 6 "F-Words" from the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF) Framework: Function, Family, Fitness, Fun, Friends, and Future. The "F-Words" have been enthusiastically embraced by families, advocates' and colleagues' around the world.

 
 

Upcoming Events

Attachment, Neurodevelopment & Psychopathology Conference

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - Friday, September 21, 2018
Location: Iowa City, IA

This 3-day course covers the development, prevention, and treatment of psychological disorder. It weaves together theory, human development, assessment, case examples, and treatment applications to reframe maladpative behavior in terms of strategies for self-protection. The course covers development from infancy to adulthood, emphasizing the process of adaptation and developmental pathways that carry risk for psychopathology.

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2018 Annual Coleman Institute Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology

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Thursday, October 4, 2018
Location: Broomfield, CO

REGISTRATION for the 2018 Coleman Conference is now open. For more information about this year's conference and to register, please visit: www.colemaninstitute.org

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AACPDM 72nd Annual Meeting

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - Saturday, October 13, 2018
Location: Cincinnati, OH

The 2018 Scientific Program Committee is pleased to announce that the 72nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) will take place October 9-13, 2018 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. "Transformative Journeys" is the theme for the meeting.

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Past Events

Attachment, Neurodevelopment & Psychopathology Conference

Attachment, Neurodevelopment & Psychopathology Conference  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - Friday, September 21, 2018
Location: Iowa City, IA

This 3-day course covers the development, prevention, and treatment of psychological disorder. It weaves together theory, human development, assessment, case examples, and treatment applications to reframe maladpative behavior in terms of strategies for self-protection. The course covers development from infancy to adulthood, emphasizing the process of adaptation and developmental pathways that carry risk for psychopathology.

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You are important to me: Help your DSPs be the best they can be

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Our understanding of persons with intellectual disabilities doesn't have to be highly scientific or complex. Let's make it simple. Let's create a concrete and small step process to help your direct service providers (DSPs) be better at their work. Use this framework. Walk just a minute in my shoes. How does my brain work? What makes sense to me? What am I trying to tell you with words and actions? What do I feel and understand about my body? About you? About my world?

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Sex Talk for Self-Advocates #2

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Monday, September 17, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Join us for Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #2. Using real self-advocate questions from a survey, three professional sexuality educators will answer questions about relationships and sexuality.

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Disability Inclusion: NIH All of Us Research Program

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Saturday, July 21, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Please join the Friends of NCBDDD for this webinar to inform disability and health organizations, researchers, public health practitioners and key influencers about the All of US Research Program, as well as the importance of including people with disabilities in this large inclusive research program. The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is partnering with NIH to increase awareness about this important and inclusive national research program. The webinar will include information about ways the disability community can be engaged in this national effort across communities in the United States.

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Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #1

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Monday, June 18, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Please join us for our first Sex Talk for Self-Advocates webinar! Using real self-advocate questions from a survey, we will have three professional sexuality educators answering questions about sexual relationships. The sexuality educators will talk about questions from the survey like: How do I meet someone? How do you know if someone is your boyfriend or girlfriend? What exactly does consent mean? How do I talk with my partner? Is a non-disabled partner at risk for having sex with a disabled partner? How to be gay?

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Social Determinants of Health among Individuals with Functional Impairments

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

The APHA Disability Section will be hosting a webinar featuring three outstanding presenters! The purpose of these webinars is to promote learning and to provide an opportunity for students and Disability Section members to share their research throughout the year. This webinar will focus on Social Influences of Health and Wellbeing among Individuals with Functional Impairments. The moderator of this webinar is Erica Twardzik, MS. Erica is a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan, where she works to advance health equity for adults with disabilities through research, education, and leadership.

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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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