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Contains products that teach and encourage persons with developmental disabilities, and those who care about them, to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles, including information on diet, exercise, and aging.

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Managed by: Lynda Anderson (LLA@umn.edu) of RTC on Community Living

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Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online) (99 Products)
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Organizations, Programs, and Projects (31 Products)
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Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online)
A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities
This book has a lot of information about what women need to stay healthy. It is written by, and for people from around the world. You can buy a copy or read the book online for free.
A Self-Determined Future with Asperger Syndrome: Solution Focused Approaches
This book is about how people with Asperger's syndrome move through their day and have a high quality of life.
Access to Medical Care: Adults with Physical Disabilities
This is a training curriculum for healthcare professionals. It includes a DVD and a training manual.
Access to Medical Care: People with Developmental Disabilities
This is a training curriculum for healthcare professionals. It includes a DVD and a training manual.
Adults with Disabilities: Physical activity is for everybody
This fact sheet reminds doctors that physical activity is important for people with disabilities.
Adults with Down Syndrome
This book covers many areas. It has some chapters written by researchers and others written by self-advocates who have Down syndrome.
Aging and Down Syndrome A Health and Well-being Guidebook
This handbook is about aging with Down Syndrome.
Aging, Mental Retardation and Physical Fitness
This is a fact sheet on what physical fitness is and how it relates to older people with developmental disabilities.
An Introduction to Pediatric Palliative Care
This article talks about end of life care for children with disabilities.
Asperger Syndrome and Alcohol Drinking to Cope?
This book is about people with ASD using alcohol to cope with problems. The lead author is a man with Asperger's who tells his story.
Be Healthy Information Program (B-HIP) brochures
The Be Healthy Information Program (B-HIP) includes 6 colorful FREE brochures to help children and adults with disabilities understand how to live a healthy lifestyle. Each is available in both English and Spanish and can be downloaded for free.
Being a Healthy Adult: How to Advocate for Your Health and Health Care
The purpose of this guidebook is to help young adults with disabilities learn how to become effective self-advocates for their health and health care.
Being a Healthy Woman Factsheets
These are easy to read fact sheets about being a healthy woman.
Breaking Bread, Nourishing Connections: People with and without Disabilities Together at Mealtime
This is an easy-to-use book with poems, personal stories and photographs from people around the world. It shows how mealtime can be a chance for people with and without disabilities to spend time getting to know each other.
Breast Health Care Easy to Read, Easy to Understand
This booklet explains breast exams in an easy-to-read and understand format. You can get a free copy online.
Critical Issues in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Contemporary Research, Practice, and Policy
This manual explores emerging issues in the fields of intellectual and developmental disabilities in ten areas.
Developmental Disabilities and Fitness
An exercise program for persons with developmental disabilities that includes cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility components
Diabetes Awareness and Education Project Media Materials
A booklet and DVD that teaches people with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers about the prevention and control of Type 2 diabetes.
Disability and Health Journal
This scholarly journal publishes research articles that advance knowledge in disability and health.
Disability and Public Health
This textbook introduces disability issues to college students. It is written for people interested in public health and related fields.
Down Syndrome and Exercise
Exercise programming for persons with down syndrome
Enjoying Sport and Exercise (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain ways to exercise and stay fit. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Expanding Specialized Transportation: New Opportunities under the Affordable Care Act
This report is about using Affordable Care Act funding to provide transportation for older people and adults with disabilities. Information is provided online, through a web blog, podcast, or policy paper.
Facts for Healthy Aging: Exercise to Feel Fit
Four fact sheets for people with disabilities about how they can be healthy as they get older.
Falling in Love (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what it is like to be in an intimate relationship. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Family Information Notebook (FIN)
A notebook for parents who have a child with a disability. It has information and forms to help coordinate aspects of the child's care and health.
Food ... Fun, Healthy and Safe (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what it means to eat a healthy diet. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
George Gets Smart (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain why it is important to stay clean. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Going to Out-Patients (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what it is like to have different medical tests done. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Going to the Doctor (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what to expect when visiting the Doctor’s office. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Health Advocacy Program
This book and DVD set teaches self-advocates how to live a healthy lifestyle.
Health Inequalities & People with Learning Disabilities in the UK: 2010
This report is about the differences in health status between people with and without intellectual disabilities living in the United Kingdom.
Health Matters for People with Developmental Disabilities: Creating a Sustainable Health Promotion Program
This book is providers of direct service to people with intellectual disabilities. It is about how to increase supports for health education, exercise and nutrition.
Health Matters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum for People with Developmental Disabilities
This book explains healthy living. Most of the book is a curriculum useful in teaching people with disabilities about nutrition and exercise.
Health of Victorian adults with an Intellectual Disability Compared to Other Victorian Adults
This fact sheet is written for self-advocates.
Health of Women with Intellectual Disabilities
This book is about the health issues of women with intellectual disabilities.
Health Promotion for People With Developmental Disabilities
A two-page fact sheet with tips on staying healthy.
Health Promotion for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: The State of Scientific Evidence
This book summarized current research about the health and well being of persons with intellectual disabilities grouped by major topic. It also suggested solutions to eliminate health disparities among this population.
Health U: A Nutrition Curriculum for Teenagers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
This book has lesson plans to help people learn about eating healthy.
Healthy Choices For Healthy Lives
This booklet shows people how and why they should make healthy choices.
Home Cooking Color-Coded Picture Cookbook
This is a picture and color coded cookbook.
How to Teach Life Skills to Kids With Autism or Asperger’s
This book lists skills especially important for kids with autism or aspergers syndrome. It also explains teaching techniques and is written by a woman who has autism.
Hug Me, Touch Me (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain when it is, and is not OK to hug or touch other people. It is easy to read and can be downloaded for free.
I Can Get Through It (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what it is like to be the victim of abuse. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Impact: Feature Issue on Enhancing Quality and Coordination of Health Care for Persons with Chronic Illness and/or Disabilities
This issue of the Impact newsletter is about programs that help people with disabilities receive all the health care they need. You can download for free as a PDF file.
Improving Health and Access to Health Care for People with Disabilities
This paper advocates for access to all types of healthcare programs for people with disabilities.
Integrated Multidisciplinary Primary Healthcare: Tailoring Healthcare to the Needs and Experiences of Individuals with IDD
These PowerPoint slides present a model for providing healthcare to people with IDD. It emphasizes preventative care and wellness activities.
Jabbers: Be Healthy, Be Fit
Jabbers are a series of games for self-advocates that can be downloaded for free. This one helps people realize all the ways they can stay healthy and fit.
Keeping Healthy 'Down Below' (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to help women better understand a pap smear exam. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Let's Cook! Healthy Meals for Independent Living
This cookbook is easy to use. It has pictures of the food used in each recipe, step-by-step instructions, and a lot of information about healthy eating.
Let's Talk about Health: Health Screening and Risk-Reduction for Breast, Prostate and Colon Cancer
These short booklets teach people with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers about screening and risk-reduction for breast, prostate and colon cancer.
Life skills curriculum
This is a series of six units to help people with disabilities learn to live independently. Each comes with an instructor's guide and most have flash cards to help people remember the skills they are learning.
Living Well with a Disability, and Working Well with a Disability
These two curricula teach people with disabilities ways to be healthy. One is focused on community living, while the other focuses on work life.
Living Well With CMS Funding: A Study of Mortality in Wyoming
A report on health and welfare of Wyoming citizens on Medicaid.
Look 'n Cook Package
This cookbook with DVDs teaches people how to cook. There are 62 different recipes shown.
Looking After My Balls (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain steps men need to take to avoid cancer. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Looking After My Breasts (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what it is like to have a breast exam at the Doctor's office. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Looking After My Heart (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book explains what it is like to have a heart attack, and how to take care of your heart. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Look'n Cook Microwave Cookbook [Spiral-Bound]
This cookbook is easy to use. The recipes are in pictures.
Mental Health and Wellness Supports for Youth with IDD 2nd Edition
This book talks about mental health concerns among youth who have intellectual, or developmental disabilities. This area is often neglected.
Mental Health Promotion for People with Learning Disabilities
This training helps self-advocates learn how to care for their mental health.
Michelle Finds a Voice (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain the how hard it is to be unable to speak clearly, and what helps. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Mouth Matters: Oral Health for People with Disabilities
A small pamphlet on the importance of oral health for people with disabilities. It can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Move Experience Engage Calendar
This calendar encourages people to try a variety of activities that promote health and well-being. The activities also increase awareness of the community and holiday traditions.
Moving Ahead with Food: Matching Oral Motor Skills and food Textures
This tool guides parents in introducing new foods.
My Food Record Dry Erase Board
This provides an easy way to keep track of foods you eat each day. One time it can be helpful is when you are working to lose weight.
My Health Booklets
These eight booklets are easy to read and talk about different aspects of health. They are also available online with narration.
New Dimensions In Women's Health (5th Editon)
This book is a holistic view of women's health issues.
Nutrition Services, Prevention Important in Nutrition Care for Special Health Needs
This paper discusses nutrition issues for people with developmental disabilities. It also talks about supports that help people eat enough healthy foods.
Obesity and Disability
This fact sheet talks about the link between disability and being overweight.
On Target: Disability and Health in New York State
This series of newsletters gives information and advice to individuals with disabilities on matters of health and well-being.
Pap tests: The plain facts
This booklet explains about pap tests for self-advocates.
Partners in Healthcare
This booklet is about making sure people with disabilities get the healthcare they need. It explains the proper roles of both doctor and patient.
People with Disabilities as a Health Disparities Population: The Case of Sexual and Reproductive Health Disparities
This scholarly article is about the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from receiving the healthcare they need. It also suggests steps to eliminate each.
Position of the American Dietetic Association: Providing Nutrion Services for People with Developmental Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs
This very detailed position statement explains the nutritional support needs of people with developmental disabilities.
Promoting Health Care Transitions for Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities
This book is about the healthcare needs of youth who have disabilities.
Promoting Physical Well-being in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities
This training material is about exercise and healthy eating. It would work well for self-advocates.
Promoting sexual and reproductive health for persons with disabilities
This book is about creating programs on sexual and reproductive health that are inclusive of people with disabilities.
Promotion Of Healthy Relationships and Sexuality for Individuals with Disabilities
This fact sheet is about people with disabilities and sexuality.
Puberty Information for Parents
These are two page fact sheets that give parents of adolescents with disabilities information and advice about puberty. There are separate sheets for parents of boys and of girls, and both can be downloaded as PDF files.
Quality in Practice: Health
This fact sheet provides suggestions on how service providers can support the personal health of the people they support.
Ron's Feeling Blue (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what it is like to experience depression. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Self Before Sex–Perspectives on Support, Self-Esteem and Sexuality
This book chapter is written from a parent point-of-view, with invited contributions from five adults who have Down syndrome. It appears in Dr. Sig Pueschel's book, "Adults with Down Syndrome."
Sonia's Feeling Sad (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what depression feels like, and what helps. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Susan's Growing Up (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what it is like for a young woman to have her first period. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Taking Charge of Your Health
This 16-page booklet is about common healthcare problems and how to avoid them. It is written mostly for people with physical disabilities and can be downloaded from the web.
The Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook: A Guide to Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
This handbook has nutrition information for people with Down syndrome.
The experiences and support needs of people with intellectual disabilities who identify as LGBT: A review of the literature
This article summarizes the findings from 37 different research studies. The authors lay out themes and draw conclusions.
The Guide to Good Health for Teens & Adults with Down Syndrome
This book promotes a healthy lifestyle and the prevention of health problems among people with Down Syndrome.
The Guide to Healthy Living
A guide to help people with disabilities have a healthy life. It shows ways to eat healthy, to exercise and to feel good about oneself. You can download it for free as a PDF.
The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Improve the Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilities
This report asked all Americans to help people with disabilities enjoy an improved quality of life as a result of having better health care and understanding.
Waisman Center Transition to Adult Health Care Resources
These guides help youth with disabilities learn how to manage their health care needs when they become adults. There are also guides for parents, all can be downloaded for free.
What to Feed an Asperger
The subtitle of this book is "How to go from 3 foods to 300 with love, patience and a little sleight of hand." It is written by a mom.
When Mum Died, 3rd Edition (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what it is like to have a parent die. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper
When You're 18 You Are in Charge of Your Health
This book teaches young people with disabilities how to take care of their health care needs. You can download it for free as a PDF file.
Women Be Healthy: A curriculum for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities
This 22-hour curriculum is useful in teaching women how to avoid breast and cervical cancer. It can be downloaded for free as PDF files.
Women with Disabilities: Health, Reproduction and Sexuality
This article is about the health, and health needs of women with disabilities from around the world.
Women with Intellectual Disability
This is a set of overhead slides. They are intended for doctors and explains considerations in doing exams, especially Pap tests.
You Can Cook
This is a picture cookbook for people with disabilities. It also has information and lesson plans for teaching cooking skills.
Electronic Media (Videos, CDs, T.V., Radio, Websites, etc.)
A Boy's Guide to Growing Up (DVD set)
This DVD helps boys who have intellectual disabilities learn about puberty.
A Need For More Health Screening for People With Disabilities
This web-based article provides information on the lower frequency of health screenings for people with disabilities and recommends some solutions.
Abilitations
This online catalog lists many products helpful to kids who have disabilities.
AbilityPath.org
A website that has a lot of information for supporting the healthy development of children with disabilities.
Access to Medical Care: Adults with Physical Disabilities
This is a training curriculum for healthcare professionals. It includes a DVD and a training manual.
Access to Medical Care: People with Developmental Disabilities
This is a training curriculum for healthcare professionals. It includes a DVD and a training manual.
All I Need To Be: Keys to Presenting Mental Health in Persons With Developmental Disabilities
This CD is about mental wellness and people with disabilities. It focuses on the needs of people who have both intellectual and mental health disabilities.
Breast Cancer and Women with Disabilities
A webpage about breast cancer and women with disabilities.
Challenge: Everybody Plays, Everybody Wins
This is a film about outdoor sports. It shows people with all types of disabilities taking part in all kinds of leisure activities.
Complex Child E-Magazine
This is an online magazine with articles written by parents. It has articles on many medical topics, and there is a new issue every month.
Continuum of Care Project
This organization provides healthcare information, consultation services, training and interactive medical resources for adults with developmental disabilities, professionals and families who support them. They have a helpful website.
Crossing Tahoe
This film is about a woman with Down syndrome who has the goal of being the first woman to cross Lake Tahoe in late September.
DDS Safety Net
This web site has a lot of information on health, safety, and everyday life for people with developmental disabilities. Most of the information is easy-to-read.
DDS Safety Net
This website has information for people with disabilities on health and wellness.
Definitions of Health and Wellness for Persons with Long-Term Disability
This webpage summarizes a focus group study about how people with disabilities define health and wellness.
Diabetes Awareness and Education Project Media Materials
A booklet and DVD that teaches people with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers about the prevention and control of Type 2 diabetes.
Disability and Health Information for Health Care Providers
This website has information about providing health care to people with disabiliities.
Ease into fitness
Ease into Fitness is a video on exercise for the entire body developed by disability development specialists for general use.
Exercise DVDs
This DVDs help people begin an exercise program. One DVD explains how to get started, another reviews armchair exercises, while the third explains wellness.
Exercise Program for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries: Paraplegia
This is an exercise video made for people who are paraplegic.
Finding a Balance: Obesity and Overweight Among Special Needs Children
This report reviews why children with disabilities sometimes have trouble controlling their weight. There is also an easy to use toolkit for parents and families.
Fruit Rainbow
This DVD teaches people with developmental disabilities the importance of eating fruit.
Go For It
This short poem is written and performed by a person with an intellectual disability. It is about exercising and can be watched online.
Hallmarks of Good Mental Health DVD
This DVD is about mental health and comes with a teacher's guide. It is meant for adolescents but has good ideas for everyone.
Hannah
A short film that follows Hannah a young dancer and athlete who has Down syndrome.
Health Advocacy Program
This book and DVD set teaches self-advocates how to live a healthy lifestyle.
Health Care Access & People with Disabilities
This website is about improving the health care access and wellness of people with disabilities.
Health Care Transition
This website helps youth with disabilities transition successfully from pediatric to adult healthcare. It includes online training.
Health Disparities between Women with Physical Disabilities* and Women in the General Population
This part of a website from the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities, Baylor University, talks about the difference between the health status of women with and without disabilities.
Health Promotion Campaign website for Women with Physical Limitations
This website has information about health for women with physical disabilities.
Health Promotion for People with Disabilities: Michigan's Strategic Plan 2008-11
This report explains Michigan’s plan to improve the health of people with disabilities.
Health Risk Screening Tool
This internet-based screening tool tracks health risks in people who are vulnerable. It can be used to monitor the health of individuals, or to track trends and monitor costs on a systems level.
Healthy Eating
These two DVD's help people learn about good nutritution.
Heart Over Body, The Zack Childers Story
This short film is about a hard working athlete with cerebral palsy. You can watch it online for free.
How to Create Effective Health Messages for People with Disabilities
This webpage has ideas about sharing information in ways that will be easy to access for people with disabilities.
Illnesses and Disabilities (womenshealth.gov)
This is part of a larger web site about women's health. This part has a lot of information on how to stay healthy as a person with a disability.
Inclusive Fitness Coalition
This website is a coalition of agencies. The agencies are committed to good health and self advocacy in the lives of people with disabilities.
Kiss My Wheels
Kiss My Wheels follows the Zia Hot Shots. The Hot Shots are a nationally ranked junior wheelchair basketball team. This video shows a season of training and tournament competition.
Look 'n Cook Package
This cookbook with DVDs teaches people how to cook. There are 62 different recipes shown.
Mary on the Move DVD Series
Using the example of Mary, these DVDs teach people with intellectual disabilities about how to live independently
Massachusetts Department of Developmental Disabilities “Health Promotion and Coordination Initiative”
This website has many practical tools to keep track of the health of people with intellectual disabilities.
Mental Health Promotion for People with Learning Disabilities
This training helps self-advocates learn how to care for their mental health.
My Health Booklets
These eight booklets are easy to read and talk about different aspects of health. They are also available online with narration.
My Tasting Journal: Keeping Track of the Foods I Try
This is an e-book. It is for DSPs and family members who want to help people try new foods.
National Goals in Research, Practice and Policy for and with People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
This webpage is a nice summary of the National Goals Conference that was held in 2015. There are many articles that can be downloaded, and video clips with researchers and persons with disabilities explaining the 10 areas focused on.
Orchid Magazine
Orchid is a magazine written for women with disabilities. Health is a major focus, but it also covers many other topics.
Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care
This organization in Philadelphia helps people with intellectual disabilities access health care. They have a great website with information for self-advocates, families, and DSPs.
Secondary Conditions of Spinal Cord Injury: Health Education Video Series
This series of videos discuss health issues for people with spinal cord injury. You can view all of them online.
Take Charge Training: Exercise and Nutrition for People with Mental Illness
This DVD training discusses the importance of good nutritional habits and proper exercise. Also discussed are the challenges faced in various settings including the mental health center, the home and the community.
The Family Life & Disability Series: Answers for people with disabilities & their families
This website has ideas, and information about help available to people with disabilities at each stage in life. It is written to help Native American families.
Training CDs on Chemical Dependency and People with ID/DD
This set of four training CDs explain how treatment programs can help people who have intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Walk Your Way to Fitness
This program and set of DVD's and CD-ROM is about how to help persons with intellectual disabilities start their own walking and fitness program.
Wellness for Every Body Nutrition and Physical Activity Training
This online training is about nutrition and physical activity. It is written for Direct Support Professionals to persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Without Pity: A film about abilities
This HBO documentary, narrated by Christopher Reeve, celebrates the innovation of people with disabilities to live full, productive lives.
Work Out with Sonny & Pedro: Walk, Dance and Stretch Your Way to Fitness
This DVD includes 9 different workout routines. It was developed for people with intellectual disabilities.
Work Out with Sonny and Pedro DVD
This is a fitness DVD for people with disabilities.
Organizations, Programs, and Projects
AAIDD's Environmental Health Initiative
An AAIDD initiative designed to promote good heath and reduce disability.
American Association on Health and Disability
This organization promotes health and wellness for persons with disabilities of all ages. It has a website with a lot of information.
Arkansas Disability and Health Program
The state of Arkansas is working to approve the health of people with disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people.
Denver Adult Down Syndrome Clinic
This clinic is for people who have Down syndrome and live in Colorado. It provides medical care, as well as social and wellness support.
Disability and Health Information for Health Care Providers
This website has information about providing health care to people with disabiliities.
Disabled Sports USA
This organization's mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities. They sponsor many outdoor recreation events that mostly attract people with physical disabilities.
Global Down Syndrome Foundation
An organization that seeks to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome through research, medical care, education and advocacy.
Handicap International
An organization that works to improve the living conditions, and promote inclusion of people with disabilities around the world.
Harris Family Center for Health Policy and Disabilities
The purpose of this university-based Center is to enhance the education of health professionals. It also works to improve access for people with disabilities to health, health education and health care services.
Health Care Access & People with Disabilities
This website is about improving the health care access and wellness of people with disabilities.
Health Care Transition
This website helps youth with disabilities transition successfully from pediatric to adult healthcare. It includes online training.
Health Disparities between Women with Physical Disabilities* and Women in the General Population
This part of a website from the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities, Baylor University, talks about the difference between the health status of women with and without disabilities.
Health Promotion for People with Disabilities: Michigan's Strategic Plan 2008-11
This report explains Michigan’s plan to improve the health of people with disabilities.
Healthy Lifestyles for People with Disabilities
These three-day workshops help people with disabilities learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Healthy People.gov -- Healthy People 2020
Healthy People is a science-based ten year national objective to improve the health of all Americans.
Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies
This initiative has identified four competencies that public health professionals need to assure the health of individual's with disabilities.
Inclusive Fitness Coalition
This website is a coalition of agencies. The agencies are committed to good health and self advocacy in the lives of people with disabilities.
Living Well with a Disability, and Working Well with a Disability
These two curricula teach people with disabilities ways to be healthy. One is focused on community living, while the other focuses on work life.
Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC (University Pennsylvania Medical Center)
This hospital has a center that serves women with physical disabilities. They have made modifications to make exams and tests easier.
Mind, Disrupted Biomonitoring Project
This program is working to make everyone aware of the toxins present in the places where we live, work and play. Many toxins are known to cause disabilities, especially for babies and young children.
Montana Disability and Health
This program responds to the health needs of Montanans with disabilities across the life span.
Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities (OMHD) -- Disability
The purpose of this portion of the website is to promote the health of people with disabilities.
Partners for Youth with Disabilities
This Boston-based agency runs mentoring programs for youth with disabilities. One focuses on theatre, another on learning about business, and another on healthy living.
Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care
This organization in Philadelphia helps people with intellectual disabilities access health care. They have a great website with information for self-advocates, families, and DSPs.
State Disability and Health Programs
This program helps states do a better job meeting the health needs of people with disabilities. It is offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Buddy Bike
This bike can be ridden by two people. One person can provide support to the other.
The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
A national clearinghouse on physical activity for persons with disabilities
The North Carolina Office on Disability and Health (NCODH)
This program helps community health programs include people with disabilities, and teaches people with disabilities about staying healthy. It is located in North Carolina.
We Care A Lot Foundation
This Northern California organization offers many programs to help people with disabilities live good lives in the community. Some of their programs are led by self-advocates.
Wellness and Disability Initiative
This program offers health and wellness information for individuals with disabilities.
Other
Assessing the Health and Welfare of the HCBS Population
An on-line report about the health of people who receive Medicaid home-and community-based services (HCBS).
BUTTERFLYWHEEL Motivation, Advocacy & Consulting
Monica J. Foster offers life transition coaching for people facing disability/chronic illness. She is a person with Spina Bifada.
Improving Health and Wellness of People with Disabilities
This scholary paper is about helping people with disabiities to be healthy. It is writtten for people around the world.
Joan Guthrie Medlen, MEd, RD
Joan Guthrie Medlen is a registered dietitian with an interest in promoting healthful, quality lives for people with IDD.
Keeping Your Body Safe
This booklet is about keeping yourself safe from abuse.
Laura Abulafia, MHS
Laura is the Director of the Environmental Health Initiative at the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She is a resource for environmental health issues.
Look'n Cook Microwave Cookbook [Spiral-Bound]
This cookbook is easy to use. The recipes are in pictures.
Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services Adult Screening Recommendations 2012
This is a list of tests, shots, and screenings that adults need from their doctor to stay healthy. This also tells when an adult needs each test. Examples include cancer screenings, flu shots, and tests for diabetes.
SafeNow Cleaning Products
These cleaning products are effective and safe for both people and the environment. SafeNow proceeds benefit programs and services for people with developmental disabilities.
The experiences and support needs of people with intellectual disabilities who identify as LGBT: A review of the literature
This article summarizes the findings from 37 different research studies. The authors lay out themes and draw conclusions.
TLC Weighted Blankets
These blankets help some children to relax.
UCLA study tackles aging issues of adults with developmental disabilities
This article talks about health problems and healthy living for people with developmental disabilities.
People Who Can Help
Tamar Heller
Dr. Heller directs a large institute and academic program devoted to disability studies and social policy and a national research and training center on aging with developmental disabilities. She has published over 150 publications focusing on aging a...


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