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.


  • WaPo Article on Implications for Babies Born with Zika in the US Highlights Work of Miami, FL UCEDD/LEND

    America is now seeing babies born in the US with microcephaly resulting from the Zika virus. The Mailman Center for Child Development in Miami, FL, an AUCD network member, is at the center of work in Miami to identify and provide care for these children and their families.

  • Center for Disabilities and Development Host Two Inclusive Family Events (IA UCEDD)

    The Center for Disabilities and Development, Iowa's University Center for Excellence on Disabilities hosted two inclusive family events in early June. Both events allowed children of all abilities and their siblings to come together to enjoy the outdoors. Fish Day was a joint effort between CDD, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and CAST for Kids Foundation. Families spent the day fishing; the DNR stocked the pond so everyone was able to catch a fish or two. Easter Seals provided adaptive fishing equipment to meet all participants' needs.

  • Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Investigator Develops Tool to Assess Implicit Biases Related to Individuals Who Stutter

    More than 3 million Americans stutter. Stuttering is characterized by disruptions in the production of speech sounds, usually begins in early childhood, and can persist throughout life. The documented stigmatizing attitudes of others put children who stutter at an increased risk for experiences such as aggression and bullying, and therefore the disorder often has a negative impact on children's development in educational, social, and vocational spheres of life.

  • Partnering for School Safety and Student Success (MD UEDD/LEND)

    On June 22 and 23, 2016, Baltimore County Public Schools hosted the 21st annual Safe Schools Conference titled, "Partnering for School Safety and Student Success" in Woodlawn, Maryland. The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute was an exhibitor for the event and disseminated brochures and fact sheets to hundreds of elementary and secondary Baltimore County teachers and administrators.


Past Events

Policy to Practice: Falls in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Policy to Practice: Falls in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities  Copy to Calendar

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

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.

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MIND Institute's Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders

MIND Institute's Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders  Copy to Calendar

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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The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with IDD Who Have Experienced Trauma

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Friday, July 29, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

While both adults and children with IDD experience abuse, neglect, institutionalization, abandonment, bullying and other types of trauma at rates much higher than the general population, the mental health needs of individuals with IDD are often ignored. Individuals with IDD exhibiting challenging behaviors often do not receive state-of-the-art mental health treatment and instead, the focus is often on compliance and behavior management. The goal of this webinar is to increase the awareness of the impact of trauma on children with IDD and to promote the provision of trauma-informed care for children with IDD and co-occurring mental health conditions.

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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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