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.

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

Upcoming Training

Event Information:

  • Thu

    Social Support Networks of Aging Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

    2pm - 3pm CST


    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.

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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

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