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
    Feb
    2019
    2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)Webinar

    Presenter: Katherine McLaughlin, Private Consultant, Professor of Human Sexuality, Keene State College, Keene, NH
    Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
    Time: 2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)

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    Katherine McLaughlin, M.Ed. is a national expert and trains individuals, staff, and parents on sexuality and developmental disabilities. She teaches sexuality education to people with DD/ID as well as trains them to be peer sexuality educators themselves. Katherine is the author of an agency and school curriculum: Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities, and has developed two online courses; one to train professionals, Developmental Disability and Sexuality 101, and one for parents: Talking to Your Kids: Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality. Katherine has spent her career trying to elevate the status of all people, which is why the new name for her growing company is Elevatus Training.

    Contact Katherine www.elevatustraining.com

    Abstract:

    Healthy relationship boundaries in the workplace is an important skill for us all. We are seeing more and more examples in our culture of those who have crossed workplace lines. Even though people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are sexual beings, just like everyone, they also need the information and skills to navigate these waters and learn what's okay and not okay in the work setting. This workshop will explore tips and tools for addressing sexuality one-on-one with our interns. We will explore why this topic can be difficult to approach and useful tools that will help you become more comfortable and confident and communicate about this sensitive topic.
  • Tue
    12
    Mar
    2019
    2:30-3:30 pm (Eastern Time)Webinar

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

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    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 or email: ellenm@heartconsulting.org
    Heart Consulting LLC

    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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    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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    Angie Jackson is a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Abstract:

    Project SEARCH interns at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and other sites are required to complete a Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course as part of their learning experience. Current CPR courses available are not created for the learner with a disability. According to a PubMed study on health literacy, American Heart Association (AHA) education is written for the “average” learner over the age of 9 with a reading grade level of 9.6- 11.9. Our CPR Department created positive outcomes by adapting the AHA CPR course material for the Project SEARCH intern. This interactive presentation will provide an overview on health literacy findings and education tools, along with discussion on the current state of CPR education across Project SEARCH sites. Small groups will complete an exercise where each table creates their own “ideal” CPR class model that will bridge the gap in CPR education. Limited to 30 attendees for “Hands On” participation!
  • 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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    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