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.


  • University of Cincinnati UCEDD Receives Grant to Establish a Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities

    The University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD), has received a three-year, $1.5 million grant to lead a national coalition to establish the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities (CDHPD). The grant is made possible by the Administration on Community Living and the goal is to identify and reduce life-limiting healthcare inequities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by improving access to medical protocols that reduce medical discrimination.

  • 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 ( from the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration ( 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.


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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Related Links



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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