Policy to Practice: Falls in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities


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


Webinar Description:

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.



Dr. Kelly Hsieh, research associate professor in the department of Disability and Human Development and associate director for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disability and Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked in developmental disability related research on health, obesity, health promotion, and fall prevention over 25 years.

Dr. James H. Rimmer is a Professor in the School of Health Professions and the first Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. For over 30 years he has been developing and directing health promotion programs for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities aimed at reducing obesity, increasing physical activity and improving nutrition in youths, adults and seniors with disabilities.

William Neumeier received his Masters and Doctorate degree in Lifespan Developmental Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Neumeier also trained as a pre-doctoral fellow with the Nutrition & Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Neumeier is currently a post-doctoral scholar with the UAB & Lakeshore Foundation Research Collaborative. His research has investigated how cognitive and physical factors influence exercise, eating behaviors, weight loss, and weight loss maintenance.

Jessica Minor, MPP is the Public Health Program Manager at AUCD. She supports capacity development and technical assistance for the AUCD network, under a cooperative agreement with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She most recently worked as the Program Assistant on the Operations Team, aiding in daily operations and cross-departmental needs. 

Christine Grosso, MS is the Public Policy Analyst at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) where she works on federal policy and legislative issues that affect people with developmental disabilities and their families.