Prevention & Wellness
Prescription To Play (IA UCEDD/LEND)
Prescription to Play is a program to lend therapeutic equipment to families seen at the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD), Iowa's University Center for Excellence on Disabilities. CDD's Disability Resource Library assists the family in filling play prescriptions by locating and checking out the material for each child's identified developmental need.
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.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
The importance of accessible health promotion initiatives continues to be an issue within the IDD populations as age-related problems and lack of environmental control impacts their health needs. These challenges show the need for the scaling up of evidence-based programs and health promotion efforts into the communities where people with IDD live, work, and play.
The Friendships & Dating Program: A Curriculum for Supporting the Relationships and Sexuality of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesThursday, October 20, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Training and support of professionals, direct care providers, and parents is needed for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to enact their rights to sexual health and sexuality. This webinar will examine an evidence-based curricular intervention, the Friendships & Dating Program (FDP) from the Alaska UCEDD. Friendships & Dating is designed to teach social skills necessary to develop healthy, meaningful relationships, and to prevent violence in relationships for individuals with I/DD. This webinar will present and illustrate information on curricular components, program delivery, and outcomes of the Friendships & Dating Program.
Location: Washington, DC
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Everyone desires to love and be loved. The myths and misconceptions about people with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) often lead to rules and restrictions that make healthy relationships difficult to obtain. This webinar will explore the facts and myths around relationships and sexuality for people with IDD. We will discuss the importance of laying the foundation for healthy relations early on through social skills and sexuality education. Resources and strategies for teaching healthy sexuality will be presented. In addition, we will discuss the role of healthy sexuality education as a primary prevention tool for sexual abuse and other strategies to promote sexual abuse prevention.
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET
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.
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.
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
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.
Healthy Weight Research Network (HWRN) Update
The Healthy Weight Research Network for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities (HWRN) was established in July 2013 with Autism CARES funding via the Maternal Child Health Bureau�s (MCHB). The HWRN is led by researchers at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at UMass Medical School, in collaboration with Tufts University School of Medicine. The HWRN�s mission is to advance the understanding of obesity risk factors in children with ASD and other developmental disabilities, to promote the development of evidence-based solutions to achieve healthy weight in this population, and to disseminate research findings to broad and diverse audiences.
At-Risk Populations and Pandemic Influenza: Planning Guidance for State, Territorial, Tribal, and Local Health Departments
Center for Health Promotion Research for People with Disabilities
Center on Health Promotion Research for Persons with Disabilities
- Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities
The AUCD Network: Promoting Wellness for Persons with Disabilities
An abridged sampling for download and printing of wellness promotion activities
Senator Harkin Reintroduces Promoting Wellness for Individuals with Disabilities Act
Senator Harkin's floor statement.