Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health

Thank you for visiting the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD). We aim to give you information on health status, health access, and health behaviors of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), strategies to improve health and function among people with IDD through health promotion activities, and how to improve health care access through integrated care practices. In addition we have information on developmental disabilities across the lifespan, disability friendly environments, and caregiver support.
RRTCDD (2013-2018) Brochure
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Improving health through health promotion and health care access. Impacting lives for a healthier tomorrow.


Upcoming Presentations and Conferences

  • Tue
    12
    Mar
    2019
    2:30-3:30 pm (Eastern Time)Webinar

    Presenter: CEO, Heart Consulting, Madison, WI
    Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
    Time: 2:30-3:30 pm (Eastern Time)

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    Webinar will be recorded and archived. 

    These webinars are open to anyone with an interest in employment, transition, health, and wellness for people with developmental disabilities. 

    Ellen Merker, LPC-IT, started Heart Consulting LLC in 2017, after seeing the need for more resources around sexual assault and domestic violence in the disability community. After receiving her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Psychology, Ellen worked for over 5 years as a case manager and transition coordinator for adults with developmental disabilities, then as an IRIS Consultant. In 2015, she piloted a program with the Rape Crisis Center to provide education to young adults with developmental disabilities around healthy relationships. Ellen has been selected to present this work at two End Domestic Abuse WI conferences, as well as the Project SEARCH national conference, Circles of Life Conference, and Planned Parenthood Safe Healthy Strong Conference. Ellen is also honored to be a Brava Magazine 2019 Woman to Watch.

    Contact Ellen at (608) 513-2139; email: ellenm@heartconsulting.org
    Heart Consulting LLC; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heartconsultingllc/

    Abstract:

    Often, people with disabilities lack education around safe and healthy dating behaviors. This can become a problem in the workplace if a student is asking co-workers out or exhibiting inappropriate sexual behavior at work. It is also important for people with disabilities to understand when they are the victims of sexual harassment at work and how to handle these situations. This presentation will discuss the issue of understanding sexual assault against people with disabilities, workplace sexual harassment when it comes to students with disabilities, and how to educate your students around these issues. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to create a safe workplace for their students, as well as the co-workers.
  • Tue
    09
    Apr
    2019
    2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)Webinar

    Presenter: Patti Moore, Upper Valley Career Center Project SEARCH Coordinator of Upper Valley Medical Center, Sidney, OH 
    Date:
     Tuesday, April 9, 2019
    Time: 2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)

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    Webinar will be recorded and archived. These webinars are open to anyone with an interest in employment, transition, health, and wellness for people with developmental disabilities. 

    Patti Moore, Upper Valley Career Center Project SEARCH Coordinator of Upper Valley Medical Center, Sidney, OH. Patti coordinates a partnership between the Upper Valley Career Center, Upper Valley Medical Center, Koester Pavilion, Miami and Shelby County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, Capabilities Inc., and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. Currently in its eighth year locally, Upper Valley Project SEARCH is a high school transition program designed to provide training and education in a business setting, with the goal of competitive, community employment. This is Patti’s 25th year working in special education, 14th year as a Career Tech Special Needs Transition Coordinator, and 8th year as a Coordinator in Project SEARCH.

    Contact Patti http://www.uppervalleycc.org/ProjectSearch.aspx

    Abstract:

    This session will detail the activities of successful programs by creating an annual calendar of the Project SEARCH year. Important topics such as student recruitment, internship development, job search, Health & Wellness, Family Involvement Activities, and marketing will be folded into the year. Gain information of how to utilize families and engage communities in the business setting for positive program results. Veteran Project SEARCH Coordinator and her husband, site volunteer and program chaperone will share their own experiences, challenges and successes, while actively engaging ideas from the audience.
  • Tue
    23
    Apr
    2019
    2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)Webinar

    Presenter: Angie Jackson, Registered Respiratory Therapist/ Education Associate, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
    Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    Time: 2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)

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    Webinar will be recorded and archived. These webinars are open to anyone with an interest in employment, transition, health, and wellness for people with developmental disabilities. 

    Angie Jackson R.R.T Education Associate, AHA BLS/PALS Instructor Center for Professional Excellence/Education Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Angie has been working at CincinnatiChildren's Hospital Medical Center for 31 years. She has 12 years’ experience in direct patient care and patient family asthma education. For the last 19 years, Angie has worked as an educator in the Center for Professional Excellence/Education Department. She currently provides basic and advanced life support education for staff, patient families, and Project SEARCH interns. She also assists the Program Manager with health literacy and patient family education projects. In her free time, Angie enjoys volunteering, craft projects, and spending time with her two grandchildren.

    Tina Martin M.Ed., Project SEARCH Instructor, Great Oaks School District, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Tina Martin received her Master’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati in Special Education and her undergraduate degree from Ohio State University. She is currently employed by Great Oaks Career and Technology School District and is the instructor for the Project SEARCH High School Transition program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She enjoys participating in Half Ironman events and running marathons.

    Abstract:

    Project SEARCH interns at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and other sites are required to complete a Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course as part of their learning experience. Current CPR courses are not created for learners with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. This presentation will provide an overview of health literacy findings and educational tools, along with a discussion on the current Cincinnati Children’s CPR class model that bridges the gap in CPR education for the learner with intellectual disabilities.
  • Tue
    07
    May
    2019
    2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)Webinar

    Presenter: Maryellen Daston, Program Specialist, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
    Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
    Time: 2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)

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    Webinar will be recorded and archived. These webinars are open to anyone with an interest in employment, transition, health, and wellness for people with developmental disabilities. 

    Maryellen Daston is a researcher and technical writer with a background in biomedical research. Prior to her current position with Project SEARCH, she worked in the field of developmental neuroscience. In her current position, Maryellen works with the Project SEARCH central administration team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where she manages the Project SEARCH database, develops online training modules, manages content for the Project SEARCH website, and writes and edits articles for professional journals and other communications. She researches funding opportunities, writes grant proposals, and oversees research related to Project SEARCH. In addition, Maryellen co-authored the book on the history, philosophy, and practices that define the Project SEARCH model, “High School Transition that Works: Lessons Learned from Project SEARCH”, Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

    Contact Katherine https://www.projectsearch.us/

    Abstract:

    Project SEARCH is committed to supporting health and fitness education during the transition to employment. Accordingly, Project SEARCH partnered with UnitedHealthcare to provide Project SEARCH programs with Health Matters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum for People with Developmental Disabilities. More recently, we were awarded a grant from the Ohio DD Council to study the use of the Health Matters curriculum in the context of Project SEARCH. As part of this project, we have created a clear set of guidelines for integrating the Health Matters curriculum into Project SEARCH. The goal is to optimize learning of health and fitness principles in a way that complements and enhances the primary Project SEARCH goal of competitive employment. In this presentation we will introduce the new guideline document and discuss the findings from piloting the guidelines at Project SEARCH sites throughout Ohio in the 2018-19 program year.

Research Studies

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

HealthMatters Program