Welcome from the Director

As people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are living longer and their presence in the community increases there is a growing need for information on ways to support these adults and their families. The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD) has the following goals for people with I/DD: increase understanding of health status, health access, and health behaviors; improve health and function through health promotion interventions; and, improve health care access through integrated care practices. This website is designed to provide information on the latest research, model programs, and policy issues pertaining to this population. It describes training and technical assistance opportunities, conferences, and available resources. These resources are available in various formats, including written products, videotapes, and CDs. Many of the products can be downloaded at no cost. We tried to design a user friendly website not only for researchers and professionals, but also for families and persons with a disability. We welcome your suggestions.

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Tamar Heller, PhD
Center Director

Mission Statement

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD). will promote the health and function of adults with I/DD through a coordinated set of research, training in evidence-based practice, and dissemination and utilization activities. The activities of the RRTC are all designed to promote involvement of people with I/DD within the fabric of their community, enable them to access the health and long-term services and supports they require throughout their lifespan, and help them attain a healthy, personally meaningful and socially relevant life.

Community Based Participatory Research

The RRTCDD is committed to Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR)- an approach that ensures resulting activities and products are relevant to stakeholders and are responsive to culturally diverse populations. Key to this process are the RRTCDDH's consumer and family advisors and the center's national advisory board of major disability, aging, and advocacy organizations.


Our partnership with several national organizations continues in the new grant cycle. RRTC also fosters students’ pursuit of careers in rehabilitation and disability studies at UIC and at several collaborating universities.