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

  • Prescription To Play (IA UCEDD/LEND)

    Prescription to Play is a program to lend therapeutic equipment to families seen at the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD), Iowa's University Center for Excellence on Disabilities. CDD's Disability Resource Library assists the family in filling play prescriptions by locating and checking out the material for each child's identified developmental need.

  • WaPo Article on Implications for Babies Born with Zika in the US Highlights Work of Miami, FL UCEDD/LEND

    America is now seeing babies born in the US with microcephaly resulting from the Zika virus. The Mailman Center for Child Development in Miami, FL, an AUCD network member, is at the center of work in Miami to identify and provide care for these children and their families.

 
 

Upcoming Events

Fall 2016 AARC Webinar Series

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - Thursday, December 1, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

As part of Network activities, the AIR-P/ATN holds a monthly webinar series titled "Advances in Autism Research & Care" (AARC) which alternates autism research and care themes, and is available to all AIR-P/ATN network members, CAAI-sponsored programs, the entire LEND and DBP Fellowship networks, various other autism and pediatric organizations, collaborators, primary care providers, as well as autism advocates. Research webinars feature current AIR-P research study investigators, while care focused themes cover hot topics in the field of autism, and promote idea generation for future research.

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Policy to Practice: HealthMatters for People with IDD: Building Communities of Practice for Health

Policy to Practice: HealthMatters for People with IDD: Building Communities of Practice for Health  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

The importance of accessible health promotion initiatives continues to be an issue within the IDD populations as age-related problems and lack of environmental control impacts their health needs. These challenges show the need for the scaling up of evidence-based programs and health promotion efforts into the communities where people with IDD live, work, and play.

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The Friendships & Dating Program: A Curriculum for Supporting the  Relationships and Sexuality  of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Friendships & Dating Program: A Curriculum for Supporting the Relationships and Sexuality of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, October 20, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Training and support of professionals, direct care providers, and parents is needed for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to enact their rights to sexual health and sexuality. This webinar will examine an evidence-based curricular intervention, the Friendships & Dating Program (FDP) from the Alaska UCEDD. Friendships & Dating is designed to teach social skills necessary to develop healthy, meaningful relationships, and to prevent violence in relationships for individuals with I/DD. This webinar will present and illustrate information on curricular components, program delivery, and outcomes of the Friendships & Dating Program.

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2016 AUCD Conference  Copy to Calendar

Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Thursday, December 8, 2016
Location: Washington, DC

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Healthy Relationships and Healthy Sexuality for People with Developmental Disability

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Monday, December 19, 2016
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Everyone desires to love and be loved. The myths and misconceptions about people with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) often lead to rules and restrictions that make healthy relationships difficult to obtain. This webinar will explore the facts and myths around relationships and sexuality for people with IDD. We will discuss the importance of laying the foundation for healthy relations early on through social skills and sexuality education. Resources and strategies for teaching healthy sexuality will be presented. In addition, we will discuss the role of healthy sexuality education as a primary prevention tool for sexual abuse and other strategies to promote sexual abuse prevention.

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Past Events

Fall 2016 AARC Webinar Series

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - Thursday, December 1, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

As part of Network activities, the AIR-P/ATN holds a monthly webinar series titled "Advances in Autism Research & Care" (AARC) which alternates autism research and care themes, and is available to all AIR-P/ATN network members, CAAI-sponsored programs, the entire LEND and DBP Fellowship networks, various other autism and pediatric organizations, collaborators, primary care providers, as well as autism advocates. Research webinars feature current AIR-P research study investigators, while care focused themes cover hot topics in the field of autism, and promote idea generation for future research.

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Policy to Practice: Falls in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Policy to Practice: Falls in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Falls occur at a younger age for adults with intellectual disability than the general population and are a major cause of serious injury and hospitalization. This webinar, Falls and Intellectual Disabilities, will summarize the findings from a large-scale study called the Longitudinal Health and Intellectual Disability Study or LHIDS on the prevalence of falls, a comparison with the general population, and the risk factors for falls in adults with intellectual disabilities. Policy implications and recommendations will be discussed.

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MIND Institute's Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders

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Friday, August 5, 2016
Location: UC Davis Conference Center, Davis California

The annual MIND Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders is a one-day conference intended for a wide range of professionals. The focus of the Institute is to help participants keep pace with the latest advances in neurodevelopmental research and the most current standards for best practices in prevention, assessment, treatment, and support services, and increase their knowledge and skills in the areas of developmental disabilities, early identification, service provision, inclusion, transition to adulthood, and other medical, legal, social and policy issues related to disabilities.

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The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with IDD Who Have Experienced Trauma

The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with IDD Who Have Experienced Trauma  Copy to Calendar

Friday, July 29, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

While both adults and children with IDD experience abuse, neglect, institutionalization, abandonment, bullying and other types of trauma at rates much higher than the general population, the mental health needs of individuals with IDD are often ignored. Individuals with IDD exhibiting challenging behaviors often do not receive state-of-the-art mental health treatment and instead, the focus is often on compliance and behavior management. The goal of this webinar is to increase the awareness of the impact of trauma on children with IDD and to promote the provision of trauma-informed care for children with IDD and co-occurring mental health conditions.

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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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