Welcome from the Director

As persons 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. This web site 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.

Tamar Heller PhotoTamar Heller, PhD
Center Director

Mission Statement

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities: Lifespan Health and Function (RRTCADD) seeks to enhance the health, function, and full community participation of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) across the lifespan and bolster family caregiving capacity through a coordinated set of research, training in evidence-based practice, and dissemination activities. The activities of the RRTC promote a society that involves people with I/DD within the fabric of their community, enables them to access the supports and resources they require throughout their lifespan, and helps them attain a socially relevant, personally meaningful, and healthy life.

Participatory Action Research

The RRTCADD is committed to Participatory Action Research - 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 RRTCADD's consumer and family advisers 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. To learn more about our key national partners please click on the following links:

Easter Seals

Special Olympics International

The RRTC will also foster students’ pursuit of careers in rehabilitation and disability studies at UIC and at these collaborating universities:

University of Rochester

University of Wisconsin