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

  • MN LEND Fellows Explore the Power of Mindfulness

    Can mindfulness techniques help young families better support their children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities? A team of MN LEND Fellows (https://lend.umn.edu/) from the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration (https://ici.umn.edu/) aims to find out.

  • NH-ME LEND and New Mainers Public Health Initiative
    An Interagency Parent Advocacy and Information Project

    Over the past two decades, Maine has experienced a rapid growth of racially, ethnically and linguistically diverse populations. Although Maine's population is largely White (95%), children in Maine are disproportionately from minority populations; currently 9% of children in Maine are from a race other than White.

  • The Arc Minnesota launches new podcast about future planning!

    The Arc Minnesota has launched a new podcast for caregivers of people with disabilities. Focus on the Future is a podcast about planning for the future, helping to answer the question, "What happens when I'm no longer here to care for my child?"

  • New AAP Clinical Report: Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Representing the first update in 12 years, an AAP clinical report on autism spectrum disorder (ASD), from the Council on Children with Disabilities and Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, will be published in the January issue of Pediatrics.

  • New Resource Guide for Applying Public Health Informatics to Addiction Treatment (IL UCEDD/LEND)

    This guide aims to provide medical and public health professionals with resources to help them create high-quality health-informatics-driven treatment strategies for those suffering from addiction to alcohol and drugs. These resources can lead to the development of targeted plans singularly tailored to individuals, which could make the goal of successful recovery more attainable.

  • Waisman Center UCEDD and Community Partners Launch an Equity Action Lab in Rural Wisconsin

    The Wisconsin Care Integration Initiative (WiCII) is a HRSA-funded project at the Waisman Center to improve systems of care for medically underserved families of children with or at risk for ASD/DD. In order to support community-driven solutions in this area, WiCII brought together parents, policymakers, and community and state leaders to participate in the "100 Million Healthier Lives States of Solutions" program. States of Solutions, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and convened by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, provides high quality tools and consultation to advance health equity. The program is grounded in the principle that those most impacted by inequity should play a leading role in developing and implementing sustainable solutions.

  • Announcing the Institute for Human Development at Northern Arizona University's 2020 Evidence for Success Disability Conference Call-For-Presenters!
    Proposals are due by Monday, January 13, 2020

    The annual IHD Evidence for Success Disability Conference reflects the individual projects and collaborative endeavors in disability disciplines at NAU's Institute for Human Development. With a legacy of over 20 years of annual conferences in Arizona, the Evidence for Success Disability Conference has become one of the premier disability related conference in Arizona drawing over 500 participants annually, many from other states and US territories.

 
 

Past Events

Sex Talk for Self-Advocates #6

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m ET
Location: Webinar

This webinar is part of an on-going series that addresses self-advocate questions about relationships and sexuality. This series is a great learning opportunity for self-advocates, and professionals and paraprofessionals working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to better understand sexual health needs.

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Newborn Screening for Fragile X Syndrome and Other Developmental Disabilities

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Most professional believe that early intervention (EI) is essential to improving outcomes for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. But how early is "early?" Should screening identify newborns with IDD, even before symptoms appear? Is there value in "pre-symptomatic" EI for children or families? Are pre-symptomatic treatments powerful enough to alter developmental trajectories in meaningful ways? Using fragile X syndrome to exemplify these issues, this presentation describes Early Check, a research program in which screening newborns for several disorders is offered to 120,000 families per year.

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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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