Curricula

Advancing a Research Agenda for Bridging Aging and Disability

Advancing a research agenda for bridging aging and disability (2012). Salvador-Carulla, L., Putnam, M., & Heller, T. International Journal Of Integrated Care, 12(8).
http://www.ijic.org/index.php/ijic/article/view/1085/1921
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Getting Involved in Research and Training: A Guide for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

Heller, T., Nelis, T., Collins, S. & Pederson, E.L. (2012)

This guide explains to people with disabilities how they can participate in research and training projects, describes what research and training is, and what a participant can do. It also provides examples of projects and of ways to address problems others have had when working on research and training. It was developed by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities and the National Gateway to Self-Determination.  It is also on the National Gateway to Self-Determination website http://www.aucd.org/ngsd/template/index.cfm.
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The Future is Now: A Future Planning Training Curriculum for Families and Their Adult Relatives with Developmental Disabilities

The Future is Now: A Future Planning Training Curriculum for Families and Their Adult Relatives with Developmental Disabilities (2010). Factor, A., DeBrine, E., Caldwell, J., Arnold, K., Kramer, J., Nelis, T. & Heller, T.
This curriculum equips families and their adult relative with a disability with the communication skills and information to jointly plan for the future. Read More...

Health Matters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum for People with Developmental Disabilities

Health Matters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum for People with Developmental Disabilities (2010). Marks, B., Sisirak, J. & Heller, T. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

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HealthMatters Program is a research-based, field-tested program that's already made a dramatic difference in the lives of participants with disabilities, this proven curriculum shows professionals how to conduct up to 59 one-hour sessions that help people make the best choices about health, exercise, and nutrition.

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HealthMatters Program Scale-Up: Multi-State Systematic Approach.” This project will examine the challenges to successful replication of the HealthMatters Program intervention, and the conditions and activities that contribute to effective adoption in real-world settings. By implementing this project, we have a unique opportunity to contribute to the larger body of research and science by developing a Scale-Up Logic Model detailing the necessary components to achieve systematic reach and impact among a population that often receives lifelong community based supports and health care services within complex and divers systems across the U.S.

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Health Matters for People with Developmental Disabilities: Creating a Sustainable Health Promotion Program

Health Matters for People with Developmental Disabilities: Creating a Sustainable Health Promotion Program (2010). Marks, B., Sisirak, J., & Heller, T. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.
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Building Capacity Among Pediatric Residents to Promote Health Advocacy Among Persons with Developmental Disabilities

Building Capacity Among Pediatric Residents to Promote Health Advocacy Among Persons with Developmental Disabilities (2009). Marks, B., Sisirak, J., Heller, T. & Cutler, A.

This Health Advocacy Curriculum was developed for the two hour Health Advocacy Workshop to improve access to quality health care for adolescents and young adults with developmental disabilities/special health care needs (DD) through improved attitudes, communication, health literacy, and health advocacy among Pediatric Residents.

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The Health Matters Assessments V.1.0

The Health Matters Assessments V.1.0 (HMA) can be completed by employees of community‚Äźbased day and residential organizations providing services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The HMA packet will help you evaluate organizational needs and capacity for developing a health promotion plan including programs, services, environmental support, resources, culture, and employee knowledge and skills to do health promoting activities.
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Future Planning Resource Guide for Families and Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Illinois

Future Planning Resource Guide for Families and Adults With Developmental Disabilities in Illinois (2006, rev.). Caldwell, J., Lopez, E., DeBrine, E., Factor, A., Heller, T. & Ennis, D.

This updated guide helps families navigate the maze of adult services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. It responds to families' need for a centralized source of information that describes adult services and how to access them. Content includes an overview of the service system and information on legal and financial planning, vocational and residential services, community supports, recreation and leisure opportunities, transportation, and advocacy. Information is in a user-friendly, question-and-answer format that was recommended by families. The guide is a template that other communities can follow in providing information on local services. Also available in Spanish!

Fact Sheets for Healthy Aging

Fact Sheets for Healthy Aging (2005). Pederson, E. & Nelis, T.

The RRTCADD's Facts for Healthy Aging educates adults with disabilities about health conditions and impairments that typically occur in later life. Each fact sheet provides a concise and understandable explanation of the cause, symptoms and treatment of a specific health condition. These fact sheets were adapted from the "Age Pages" series for the general population developed by the National Institute on Aging. Currently available fact sheets are:
  • Foot Care
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Exercise
  • Arthritis

Can be downloaded at no charge.

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Aiding Older Caregivers of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Tool Kit for State and Local Aging Agencies

Aiding Older Caregivers of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Tool Kit for State and Local Aging Agencies (2005). Baxley, D.L., Janicki, M.P., McCallion, P. & Zendell, A.

This technical assistance manual explains how states can develop aging and developmental disability service network partnerships to better address the needs of older adults with I/DD and the families. It is based on the outcomes of a three-year AoA National Family Caregiver Support Program demonstration the developed and conducted collaboration-building workshops in 33 states. The project was undertaken by The Arc of the United States in collaboration with the Center of Intellectual Disabilities, University at Albany and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center of Aging with Developmental Disabilities, University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Using Assistive Technology to Maximize Function in Older Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Using Assistive Technology to Maximize Function in Older Adults with Developmental Disabilities (2002), Alvarez, T., Desi-Thalji, M., Wang, J., Budraja, S., Sundar, V. & Malik, C.

This training curriculum provides information and resources on how assistive technologies (AT) and environmental interventions (EI) can address age related changes in function for older adults with I/DD in every day contexts of the home, workplace, and community. The curriculum's seven modules cover: basic AT-EI products and terminologies; seating, positioning, and mobility; sensory issues; gross and fine motor functioning; communication, cognition, and learning; and the AT_EI delivery process and funding. The training package contains a scripted instructor's guide and power point slides for the seven modules. It was designed for professionals, para-professionals, and families. The content can be tailored to a 2-hour workshop or multiple sessions.

(Manual)
COST PER UNIT: $65.00 + Shipping
(CD-ROM)     
COST PER UNIT: $25.00

Dementia and People with Intellectual Disabilities: What Can We Do?

Dementia and People with Intellectual Disabilities: What Can We Do? (2001). Dalton, A., Janicki, M. & McCallion, P. (Executive Producers), Albany, NY: The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

This CD-ROM video explains how adults with I/DD are affected by dementia and depicts their functional changes over time. It presents guidelines for early screenings and diagnostic assessments; explains how clinical supports can support persons with dementia and their carers; and recommends program adaptations, environmental modifications, and specialized care that enable individuals to remain in their home for longer periods of time. This 23-minute video was filmed in 2001.

COST PER UNIT: $15.00

Person-Centered Planning for Later Life: Death and Dying - A Curriculum for Adults with Mental Retardation

Person-Centered Planning for Later Life: Death and Dying - A Curriculum for Adults with Mental Retardation (2000). Sterns, H.L., Kennedy, E.A. & Sed, C.M.

This training curriculum helps adults with mental retardation understand death, dying and loss. It covers the concept of death; experiencing and coping with grief, mourning, comfort, and support; and death-related rituals (visitations and funerals). The curriculum consists of five in-class lessons and one field trip, which emphasize active participation through both verbal and visual presentation of materials. The instructor's guide provides a script for each lesson and includes guidelines for planning and administering each lesson. Each participant has a student notebook that accompanies the instructor's training curriculum. Each participant chooses a support person to help him/her review the lessons and complete assignments.

(Instructor's Guide) 
COST PER UNIT: $35.00 + Shipping for Guide and Notebook*
(Student Notebook) 
(Additional Student Notebooks are $12.50 each)

Making Choices As We Age: A Peer Training Program

Making Choices As We Age: A Peer Training Program (1996). Heller, T., Preston, L., Nelis, T., Brown, A. & Pederson, E.

This is a curriculum for training persons with disabilities and their co-trainers how to teach other adults with mental retardation about: choice making, rights and responsibilities, how to make healthy choices, and things to do in their free time. The Trainer's Guide uses a "train-the-trainer" approach so the persons with disabilities who are trainers and their co-trainers can learn how to teach effectively and how to administer each module. The Coordinator's Guide provides guidelines for administering the training program and for building support for peer trainers and the other participants who they, in turn, train.

COST PER UNIT: $55.00 for Trainer's Guide and Coordinator's Guide+Shipping
(Additional Trainer's Guides are $25.00 each)

Voices That Count Training Package

Voices That Count Training Package (Videotape, DVD, or Audio Cassette) Presenter's Guide (1993), Pederson, E., & Chaikin, M.

Voices That Count prepares people with developmental disabilities to present to boards, committees and other decision-making groups about how to involve people with developmental disabilities. It empowers people to become part of the decision-making process that affects their own lives. Through Voices That Count, people with developmental disabilities will learn how to approach and present to professional and community organizations about the leadership roles and contributions people with developmental disabilities can make. Speakers will also learn how to give boards and committees ideas on how to recruit, support, and build partnerships with people with developmental disabilities.

COST PER UNIT: $85.00+Shipping

Person-Centered Planning for Later Life: A Curriculum for Adults with Mental Retardation

Person-Centered Planning for Later Life: A Curriculum for Adults with Mental Retardation (1993). Sutton, E., Heller, T., Sterns, H.L., Factor, A. & Miklos, S.

This research-based curriculum enables adults with mental retardation to actively plan for their later years by teaching aging concepts and choice making skills. The 20-week training, which includes a student notebook, provides classroom and community experiences for making choices regarding healthy aging, free-time activities, work and retirement, and improving living arrangements.

COST PER UNIT: $55.00 for Curriculum and Trainer's Guide+Shipping
(Available in English, Dutch and German)