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

Event Information:

  • Tue

    What, wait? You want me to talk about sexuality at Project SEARCH? Talking one-on-one with Individual with IDD about Sexuality and Relation

    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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    Living Under the Double Rainbow-Autism and LGBTQ: Parents


    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.

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    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.

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

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