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Health & Wellness Initiative Creates Positive Lifestyle Changes (KY UCEDD)

For people with disabilities, maintaining health and wellness is essential to being self-sufficient, achieving or maintaining independence, participating in community life, and preventing the onset of secondary health conditions. Yet research shows that people with disabilities have poorer health than the general population, including drastically higher rates of obesity and related conditions. In Kentucky, those numbers are even more concerning. The health and wellness initiative at the Human Development Institute has been working hard to develop resources to help people with disabilities and their family and friends stay healthy and to take charge in their own lifestyle choices.



New Resource on Supporting Wellness for Adults with Disabilities (MN UCEDD/LEND)

Wellness is a rapidly growing area of focus for Americans. But for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, access to wellness activities and programs can be limited. How can we open up participation? Find out in the just-released free publication, Impact: Feature Issue on Supporting Wellness for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.



Living Well with a Disability Featured by CDC as Intervention to Reduce Health Disparities (MT UCEDD)

Living Well with a Disability, a health promotion program for people with disabilities, was featured by the CDC in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) as an intervention to reduce health disparities experienced by people with disabilities. It was developed nearly 25 years ago by researchers at the University of Montana, Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) and Kansas University Research and Training Center on Independent Living with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The program focuses on the specific health self-management needs of people with disabilities by addressing and building skills to prevent and reduce secondary conditions.



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) TRIAD Experiences a Growth Spurt

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) enhanced and widened the reach of its programming in 2015 and shows no sign of slowing in 2016. From partnerships with the TN Department of Education to the design of innovative telemedicine models of service delivery, TRIAD continues to make a profound impact on improving access to autism services in TN.



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Offers Online Trainings to Improve Health Care for Adults with IDD

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) is now offering two free, short online training series focused on improving health care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The trainings have been created by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC), in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) and TennCare.



Hope for Families Experiencing Homelessness in Cincinnati (OH UCEDD/ LEND)

Soon families experiencing homelessness in Cincinnati may be receiving an essential, game-changing resource: childcare. Every family needs good, reliable childcare options to secure and maintain employment, and families experiencing homelessness are no different. However, understanding the high-priority nature of this need required some research. So the LEND team (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) at Cincinnati Children�s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) sat down with caregivers experiencing homelessness to truly understand their perspective and most pressing needs.



The New England Genetics Collaborative Announces an Innovative Partnership with the Genetic Metabolic Center for Education (NH UCEDD/LEND)

The New England Genetics Collaborative (NEGC), a project housed at the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire, is pleased to announce a first-of-its-kind partnership with and the Genetic Metabolic Center for Education (GMCE) to create a consulting and educational platform able to support the diagnosis and treatment of inherited metabolic disorders throughout New England.



UM Rural Institute Receives $2.5 Million Health Promotion Development Grant (MT UCEDD)

Researchers at the University of Montana will develop a state-of-the-art health promotion program to advance the ability of people with disabilities to live independently in their communities through a new five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Hosts Positive Development and Parent Stress Reduction Conference

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) held its first Parent Stress Intervention Program (PSIP) Conference this summer. Instructors delved into each of the two intervention manuals created by Vanderbilt Kennedy Center researchers to teach parents of children with disabilities how to manage stress. The PSIP manuals "Positive Adult Development (PAD) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)" were developed as part of an intervention research study for stress reduction in parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. Adapted by principal investigator and VKC director Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., and a group of dedicated parent mentors, the curricula is intended to provide tools for learning and practicing these techniques, and for teaching them to parent groups.

 From left: JoAnne Malloy, Clinical Assistant Professor, Institute on Disability/University of New Hampshire; Michaela Joj, Research Assistant; Jonathon Drake, RENEW Master Trainer; Pia Pode Milwertz, Project Coordinator


RENEW Program Travels to Denmark (IOD NH UCEDD/LEND)

In December 2014 Institute on Disability (IOD) staff members Dr. JoAnne Malloy and Jonathon Drake travelled to Denmark to train 25 Danish Mental Health and Vocational Education Practitioners to implement the Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education, and Work (RENEW) program in their practice.



AUCD Congratulates CDC: 'Vital Signs' Emphasizes Importance of Physical Activity for People with Disabilities

With growing public health concern of disability, the impact of obesity and nutrition, good health is still a frontier for many Americans. "Today's Vital Signs from CDC shines the light on the need to include people with disabilities in health promotion efforts like obesity prevention and physical activity," says Andrew Imparato, AUCD's Executive Director.



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Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Report



The Center for Managing Chronic Disease Launches Website



"Fitness a Struggle for Disabled People" AP article quotes AUCD network member from UIC UCEDD

This April 16 article from the Associated Press on physical fitness for people with disabilities quotes AUCD network member Dr. James Rimmer of the Institute on Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

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