Greetings

Thank you for visiting the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD). We hope this website will give you useful information on health status, health access, and health behaviors of adults with I/DD, strategies to improve health and function among people with I/DD through health promotion interventions, and how to improve health care access through integrated care practices. In addition we have information on aging with developmental disabilities, disability friendly environments, and caregiver support.

Man with flowers

Improving health through health promotion and health care access. Impacting lives for a healthier tomorrow.


Upcoming Training

  • Thu
    16
    Mar
    2017
    2pm - 3pm CST

    REGISTER HERE

    Presented by: Kruti Acharya, MD

    Dr. Acharya will review the most recent data about health care transition for adolescents and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). During the webinar, she will describe standard of care for health care transition and highlight strategies to support the transition to adult-centered health care for this population.

    Dr. Acharya is a board certified developmental and behavioral pediatrician and internist at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the director of the Illinois Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program. Dr. Acharya cares for individuals with developmental disabilities using a lifespan perspective from childhood to adulthood. She is particularly interested in supporting adolescents and young adults with developmental disabilities as they transition to adult-systems of care and beyond.

    Show details
  • Thu
    06
    Apr
    2017
    2:00 to 3:00 pm CSTWebinar

    Small Steps, Big Leaps: Healthy Vending in Your Organization

    REGISTER HERE

    Healthier vending machine initiatives increase your staff and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) choice by expanding access to healthier snack and drink options!

    This presentation will provide strategies for healthier vending options through the following: (i) steps to developing healthy vending machine initiative; (ii) using tools to survey vending machines and implementing new guidelines; and, (iii) integrating examples and links to resources related to healthy vending machine for your initiative.

    Audience: Providers who provide Supports for Community Living services to people with IDD and others seeking to increase healthy options in their organization's vending machines.

    Presenters: Jasmina Sisirak, PhD, MPH and Kristin Krok, CTRS

    CEUs: There will be no CEUs provided for this presentation.

    For more information: Please contact Jasmina Sisirak at info@healthmattersprogram.org.
    The webinars are funded through the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD), United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL), National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Grant # 90RT5020-01-00.
    Show details
  • Fri
    07
    Apr
    2017
    Mon
    10
    Apr
    2017
    Dallas, TX

    2017 Conference Overview

    The 2017 conference theme is “Celebrating our Past, Shaping our Future!”  As the premiere resource for practicing I/DD nurses, DDNA is committed to providing quality education programs that include cutting edge content with practical application.

    CONFERENCE PROGRAM STRUCTURE It’s all about the CEs!

    DDNA’s 2017 annual conference will be structured a bit differently than in previous years – offering a longer conference program and more accredited continuing education courses and opportunities! The conference registration fee will include 3 ½ full days of conference program and continuing education, offering over 23 hours of continuing education.

    As we celebrate our silver anniversary, we would also like to offer our members an additional reason to celebrate with us!   With the longer conference program and additional continuing education, this year’s conference rate is 5% below the 2016 conference fees for comparable hours of continuing education.  The conference will also offer a pre-conference program, providing 6 additional hours of continuing education, available to all conference attendees as an additional purchase!

    The result – over 29 hours of continuing education are available with attendance at all conference and pre-conference programs!

    Target audience: Health care professionals working in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    Overall objectives: The goals and objectives of the conference are:

    • To present cutting-edge education on the most up-to-date practice issues and research regarding the specialty of developmental disabilities nursing.
    • To provide a forum for networking and to facilitate the sharing of information to improve nursing practice in the developmental disabilities field.
    • To bring together leaders and experts in developmental disabilities to engender consensus that improves the health and lives of persons with developmental disabilities.
    Show details
  • Thu
    20
    Apr
    2017
    2pm - 3pm CST

    REGISTER HERE

    Presented by: Lieke van Heumen, PhD

    This webinar will discuss emerging research and practice in supporting social networks of adults aging with intellectual disabilities. After a brief introduction on aging in this population, the webinar will discuss the role of social relations in later life and address the state of knowledge regarding the social support networks of older adults with intellectual disabilities. The webinar will provide a discussion of the role of support services in promoting informal networks and conclude with an exploration of the use of social network mapping and life story work in person-centered planning.

    Lieke van Heumen is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago. Lieke’s primary research interest is the intersection of aging and disability with a focus on supports that contribute to aging well. She believes retrieving the lived experiences of older adults with disabilities by means of inclusive and accessible research methods is key to assuring the meaningful engagement of adults with disabilities in the research process.

    Show details

Research Studies

  1. National Health Outcomes Indicators
  2. Reducing Obesity through POWERS
  3. HealthMatters Program Scale-Up
  4. Impact of Managed Caree
  5. Longitudinal Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disability Study


Department of Disability and Human Development (DHD)
College of Applied Health Sciences (CAHS)
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
1640 West Roosevelt Road, M/C 626
Chicago, Illinois 60608-6904
Phone: 1-312-413-1520
Fax: 1-312-996-6942
TTY: 1-312-413-0453

RRTCDD
800-996-8845 (V); 800-526-0844 (Chicago Relay Access)
Funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL), National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Grant # 90RT5020-01-00