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
    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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    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.


    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.

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

    View Playlist for Project SEARCH and HealthMatters Program 2017-2019 Employment, Health, and Wellness Webinar Series


  • Tue
    2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)Webinar

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


    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.

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    Karen Guo

    Karen Guo is a pediatric occupational therapist.  She achieved her BS degree in Psychology at the University of Michigan and Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at the Ohio State University.  She began her collaboration with Health Matters and Project SEARCH as a graduate student studying health education and promotion for individuals with developmental disabilities, and continues as part of the team to create a usable guideline for instructors to routinely implement Health Matters into their Project SEARCH Curriculum.


    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