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.


  • Mailman Center Demonstrations Projects Address Disruptive Behavior in Students with Disabilities (FL UCEDD/LEND)

    Students with disabilities have high rates of disruptive behavior and reduced school readiness. However, there is limited capacity of school staff to effectively address behavior concerns. The Mailman Center for Child Development department of pediatrics was awarded a grant from the Children's Trust for a research based demonstration project to reduce child disruptive behaviors, enhance teacher-student relationships, increase effective discipline and reduce teacher stress/burnout.

  • Financial Empowerment: Focus on People with Disabilities (MS UCEDD)

    The University Of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies' (IDS) (IDS) housing staff member, Heather Steele, was invited to Washington, D.C. on May 8 - 9, to collaborate with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The CFPB and FDIC were convening to provide the opportunity for individuals from and serving the disability community to meet in person to learn about and share ideas for using the Your Money, Your Goals toolkit and the supplemental Focus on People with Disabilities Guide, as well as theFDIC's MoneySmart Program to empower people and communities in how they get, plan for and use their money.

  • 'Resilience' Study Examines How People with Disabilities Live Successfully in Rural Areas (MT UCEDD)

    Living in a small town can be challenging for anyone - but for people with disabilities, rural areas can create even more serious barriers to accomplishing the things they want to do. However, with the help of a trait known as resilience, many people with disabilities who live in rural areas have achieved a good quality of life and are able to participate in their communities.


Upcoming Events

School-based Supports for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Challenging Behaviors: Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

School-based Supports for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Challenging Behaviors: Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) is a research-based, person-centered framework focused on decreasing problem behaviors and increasing quality of life in individuals across the lifespan. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is the three-tiered model for PBS implementation in school settings as a means to prevent and promote positive behaviors for ALL children and intervene with children with challenging behaviors. Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)(formerly RTI) is defined as "the practice of providing high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals, and applying child response data to important educational decisions" (Batsche et al., 2005). MTSS and PBIS are grounded in differentiated instruction with each approach delineating critical factors and components to be in place at the universal (Tier 1), targeted group (Tier 2), and individual (Tier 3) levels.

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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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