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.


  • Kentucky Peer Support Network Project Fosters Friendship and Inclusion for Students with Disabilities (KY UCEDD)

    For students with disabilities, it can sometimes be difficult to engage with their peers, both socially as well as academically. The Kentucky Peer Support Network Project aims to assist in connecting these students with their peers through two initiatives: Peer Support Arrangements and Peer Networks. Both efforts are being piloted in Kentucky schools today, and work in tandem to lay the groundwork for genuine friendships among all students who participate.

  • Making the "Healthy Relationships" Curriculum Accessible for Students with Disabilities Attending Postsecondary Education Programs (TX UCEDD)

    Christi Hays, MEd, CHES, is a Health Education doctoral student at Texas A&M University. As an undergraduate at Texas A&M, she was a peer health educator and worked to address the sexual health issues of college students. As a doctoral student, Christi works for iTP3, an OAH funded project to support innovative teen pregnancy prevention programs, and her research focuses on sexual health in under-served populations.

  • 'Camp Yes And' for Teens on the Autism Spectrum Doubling its Impact in 2016 (IN UCEDD)

    At 'Camp Yes And,' teens and teachers learn improv as a way to develop social communication skills and transform teaching and learning. The camp is designed to support verbal teens (ages 13-18) on the autism spectrum, or those with a similar diagnosis, who would benefit from support around building social communication skills.

  • HealthMatters Scale Up initiative

    AUCD member UCEDDs in Alaska, Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois are working on the HealthMatters, Scale Up initiative, working to improve health and health promotion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

  • 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.


Upcoming Events

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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Past Events

Advancing Sexual Self-Advocacy for People with Disabilities

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Thursday, April 28, 2016
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Many people with disabilities experience profound marginalization in multiple human rights domains, including disparities in sexual and reproductive health. This webinar will address the rights to sexual citizenship of people with disabilities and ways to advance sexual self-advocacy as a best-practice strategy to facilitate empowerment among people with disabilities. Findings from an exploratory study that examined how people with intellectual and developmental disabilities define and experience the concept of sexual self-advocacy will be discussed.

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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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