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This department has information about training a variety of health care providers (physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, personal care attendants, etc.) about persons with developmental disabilities.

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Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online) (66 Products)
Electronic Media (49 Products)
Organizations, Programs, and Projects (17 Products)
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Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online)
A Practical Guide for Health Management of Aging Adults with Mental Retardation
This book provides an outline of physical, and mental health issues common in older adults with developmental disabilities.
A Practical Guide to Assessing Medical Issues Associated with Behaviorial/Psychiatric Problems in Persons with Intellectual Disabilities - 2011
This book is about the possible interaction between medication and behavior problems.
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.
Aging and Developmental Disability: Current Research, Programming, and Practice Implications
A textbook about aging issues in persons with developmental disabilities
Aging with a Disability: What the Clinician Needs to Know
This book is about changes that happen as a person with a disability gets older, ways to deal with those changes, and ways to support people as they age.
Aging with a Physical Disability (An issue of the series Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics)
This is a special issue about aging with different types of disabilities. It is part of a reference series of books.
Alphabet Kids - From ADD to Zellweger Syndrome A Guide to Developmental, Neurobiological and Psychological Disorders for Parents and Professionals 2nd edition
This book explains 70 different disability labels sometimes given to children.
Anxiety and Depression in People with Intellectual Disabilities: Intervention strategies
This is an academic handbook best suited to mental health professionals or graduate level students.
Asperger's Disorder
This book about Asperger's syndrome is written for mental health professionals.
Being a Healthy Woman
This book is about staying healthy. It is easy to read for women with intellectual disabilities.
Building Capacity Among Pediatric Residents to Promote Health Advocacy Among Persons with Developmental Disabilities
This training program helps doctors learn about the health needs of people with disabilities.
Caring for the Physical and Mental Health of People with Learning Disabilities
This book explains health issues common to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Children and Youth Assisted by Medical Technology in Educational Settings: Guidelines for Care
This textbook provides guidelines for nurses and others in school settings that support children with medical needs.
Clinical Psychology and People with Intellectual Disabilities, 2nd Edition
This academic book is about providing mental health services to people with intellectual disabilities.
Conflicting Beliefs (Case Study)
This case study addresses ethical issues surrounding end-of-life care for people with disabilities. It is available online and can be used to train health care providers.
Culture and Disability: Providing Culturally Competent Services
This book explains the best ways to provide services to people with disabilities from seven different cultures.
Extra Measures For People With Mental Retardation
This fact sheet gives physicians advice on treating people who have intellectual disabilities.
Families, Infants, and Young Children at Risk: Pathways to Best Practice
This academic book is about helping infants, preschool age children, up to age 8, grow to be healthy.
FXS and Autism: Similar But Different Clinical Insights into the Similarities and Differences for Diagnosis and Treatment
This article is about Fragile X Syndrome and Autism. It talks about how they are alike and different from each other.
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 Care Transition Guides for Helping Youth Transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Care
These guides advise Doctors and parents on helping youth with disabilities transition from pediatric to adult healthcare systems.
Health Disparities Chart Book on Disabilities and Racial and Ethnic Status in the United States
This report compares the health status of people with disabilities to that of people of racial and ethnic minority status. You can download it as a PDF file.
Healthy Times
A medical newsletter for doctors, nurses and caregivers of persons with developmental disabilities. It is published twice a year.
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.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice
A book for nurses to help them provide safe and effective care for people with developmental disabilities at all levels of care.
Intellectual Disability and Ill Health: A Review of the Evidence
This textbook is about some health problems that go untreated in persons with intellectual disabilities.
Intellectual Disability and Mental Health: A Training Manual in Dual Diagnosis
This book is about treatment of people with dual diagnosis.
Intellectual Disability Mental Health First Aid Manual 2nd edition
This booklet teaches how to respond to mental health issues in people who have intellectual disabilities
Intellectual Disability Psychiatry: A Practical Handbook
This book explains mental health problems as they occur in people with intellectual disabilities.
Intellectual Disability: A Guide For Families And Professionals
This book explains many things about intellectual disabilities.
Ireland's National Best Practice Guidelines for Informing Families of Their Child's Disability
These guide physicians when telling parents that their newborn baby may have disabilities. The guidelines can be viewed on web pages or downloaded as a PDF file.
Let's Talk about Health: Health Screening and Risk-Reduction for Breast, Prostate and Colon Cancer
Booklets to teach individuals with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers about screening and risk-reduction of breast, prostate and colon cancer.
Medical Care for Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Second Edition
This book covers medical issues as they occur in people with disabilities.
Meeting the Needs of Diverse Family Caregivers
This report is about the issues faced by African American and Hispanic family caregivers when people are admitted to the hospital and how they can be supported when people go home. The full text can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Mental health fact sheet
This fact sheet is about noticing mental health challenges in people who have ntellectual disabilities. You can download it as a PDF file.
Mental Health in Intellectual Disabilities: A reader (4th Edition)
This academic book from the United Kingdom is about mental health problems as they appear in people who have intellectual disabilities.
Mental Health of Children and Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A framework for professional practice
This is an academic book on mental health.
Nursing Care for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
A book for nurses who care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It contains the latest research information to help nurses provide the best care possible.
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 Planning Ahead: Communicating Healthcare and End-of-Life Wishes
This workbook helps caregivers support someone through end of life issues.
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.
pleasure ABLE Sexual Device Manual for Persons with Disabilities
This manual explains devices that people with physical disabilities can use when having sex. It was created by occupational therapists.
Practical Oral Care for People With Developmental Disabilities
This is a series of booklets about dental care and people with disabilities. They are written for dentists.
Providing Health Care For Individuals With Intellectual Disability and Mental Health Conditions in Rural Settings
This book is about providing medical and mental health services for people with dual diagnosis who live in rural areas.
Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability: A Practical Manual
This book is written for practitioners.
Psychological Therapies for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
This book is about providing mental health therapy to people with intellectual disabilities.
Sexuality and Developmental Disabilities Curriculum
This curriculum is used for teaching sexuality education to adults with developmental disabilities. There are 20 lesson plans with handouts and teaching tools, as well as a manual for setting up sexuality education classes.
Supporting People with Intellectual Disabilities Experiencing Loss and Bereavement: Theory and Compassionate Practice
This book is about helping people with disabilities get through the grieving process.
Supporting Women: Information and resources for General Practitioners supporting women with intellectual disabilities to manage their menstruation
This booklet is written for doctors who are treating women with intellectual 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.
The National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices Consensus Recommendations for the Evaluation and Management of Dementia in Adults With Intellectual Disabilities
This article has ideas about how to evaluate and manage dementia in adults with intellectual disabilities. You can read it online for free as a PDF file.
The Physician's Guide to Caring for Children with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions
This resource gives medical staff the information they need to provide the best care to patients.
The Route to Success in End of Life Care - Achieving Quality for People with Learning Disabilities
This guide is about end of life care and people who have intellectual disabilities.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
A book about a clash between a Hmong family and the American medical community over a child with seizures. The story deals with some fundamental issues surrounding Western medicine and cultural traditions and beliefs.
Training Handbook of Mental Disorders in Individuals with ID
This book is about treating mental health problems in people with intellectual disabilities.
Understanding Fragile X Syndrome A Guide for Families and Professionals
This book explains Fragile X Syndrome in both a scientific and practical way. It has ideas to help families.
Use of Emergency Departments Among Working Age Adults with Disabilities: A Problem of Access and Service Needs
This research article is about the large number of emergency room visits made by people with disabilities.
What Should Dental Services for People with Disabilities Be Like? Results of an Irish Delphi Panel Survey
This research article summarizes a study done in Ireland. It asked what dental services should look like for people with disabilities.
When Down Syndrome and Autism Intersect: A Guide to DS-ASD for Parents and Professionals
This book is about people have both Down Syndrome and Autism.
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.
Working with Parents of a Newly Diagnosed Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder A Guide for Professionals
This book is written for professionals. It is about developing positive and supportive relationships.
Working with People who have ID & Behaviorial Problems: A Self-Study Guide
This manual is about setting-up treatment programs for people with dual diagnoses.
Working with people with intellectual disabilities in healthcare settings
This fact sheet explains what intellectual disabilities are and provides tips for healthcare professionals.
Electronic Media (Videos, CDs, T.V., Radio, Websites, etc.)
A Statement of Common Principles on Life-Sustaining Care and Treatment of People with Disabilities
This is a statement of principles from Syracuse University's Center on Human Policy. It lists principles about life-sustaining care for people 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.
Active Treatment of Dementia Associated with Down Syndrome
This is a CD with information about aging persons who have Down Syndrome.
An Integrated Model of Psychotherapy for Teens & Adults with Asperger Syndrome
This CD is about counseling people with Asperger Syndrome.
Anxiety Disorders and Developmental Disabilities II
This DVD tells the stories of people who have intellectual and psychiatric disorders.
Carrie Case
This web-based training teaches health care providers the best ways to help wommen who have disabilities.
Challenging Barriers to Specialized Supports for Individuals with Dual Diagnosis
This CD is about creating better treatment options for people with the dual diagnoses of intellectual and mental health disabilities.
Closing the Gap: A National Blueprint to Improve the Health of Persons with Mental Retardation
A report on the healthcare status of Americans with intellectual disabilities and a national plan to improve access to healthcare for this group of people. Full text is available online in HTML format.
Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Adult Asperger’s Syndrome
This CD is about a type of therapy useful with people who have Asperger syndrome.
Community Based Treatment Interventions For People With Dual Diagnosis
This DVD is about treatment options for people with dual diagnosis.
Comprehensive Treatment Approaches To Anxiety Disorders
This is a DVD about anxiety disorders when they appear in people who have intellectual disabilities.
Cultural & Linguistic Competence: Implications for Services & Supports for Individuals with DD
This CD is about delivery of culturally sensitive services to people who have both intellectual disabilities and mental health diagnoses.
Diagnostic Dilemmas
This DVD is about how hard it can be to identify mental health problems in people who have an intellectual disability.
Diagnostic Systems for Use with People with ID
This CD has new information on classifying intellectual disabilities and mental illness.
Differential Diagnosis & Treatment of Psychotic Symptoms in Individuals with ID
This CD has training for therapists.
Disability and Health Information for Health Care Providers
This website has information about providing health care to people with disabiliities.
Disability As a Diversity Variable: A Call to Action Within Psychology
This presentation reviews what psychologists should know about disability. It was given by two female psychologists with disabilities.
Dr. Right and Dr. Knotright Transition Discussion Videos
These two videos show how a primary care physician might discuss health care transition with a young adult. One video shows the right way and the other video shows the wrong way.
Dual Diagnosis in People with Asperger's and High Functioning Autism
The CD is about dual diagnosis involving mental health issues in people who have autism.
Dual Diagnosis: Present and Future Directions
This DVD is about dual diagnosis.
Epilepsy: Having A Life
This training film is about epilepsy. It shares important information for caregivers and others.
Health Care Access & People with Disabilities
This website is about improving the health care access and wellness of people with disabilities.
HealthLink for Nurses Curriculum
This training curriculum is about the unique healthcare needs of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
HIPAA in Home Care DVD
This DVD describes HIPAA guidelines and teaches home care providers about the importance of maintaining confidentiality in a variety of settings.
Home Health Aide/Personal Care Assistant
This DVD explores the skills and special personality traits needed by DSPs.
Learn the Signs. Act Early.
This initiative helps parents, doctors, and everyone notice signs of disability in babies and very young children.
Managing Psychiatric Behavioral Crises in Persons with Dual Diagnoses
This CD is about helping people with dual diagnosis through times of crisis.
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.
Medical Problems and Adverse Drug Events in Psychiatric Inpatients with ID
This CD is about medical problems and bad reaction to drugs for people with disabilities.
Microtraining DVDs (for therapists)
These DVDs teach therapists the best ways to help people who have disabilities. Topics include cultural diversity, sexuality, and disability etiquette.
Normal and Pathological Anxiety in Intellectual Disabilities
This CD is about anxiety in people with intellectual disabilities,
Open the Door, Get 'Em A Locker. Educating Nursing Students with Disabilities
This short film is about Victoria, a registered nurse who is also a wheelchair-user. The film tells about her experiences as a nursing student.
Overview of Dual Diagnosis. Current Practice and Therapeutic Relationships
This CD is about what truly helps people who have intellectual and mental health disabilities.
Patient-Centered Care Improvement Guide
An online guide to help medical providers become more "patient-centered." The ideas are useful to those in the disability field.
Personal Care Aid Certification Course
This 40-hour, online curriculum teaches important care, communication and behavioral skills.
Positioning, Turning and Transferring
This video (DVD) teaches staff basic principles of body mechanics, positioning techniques and guidelines, as well as the importance of dignity and respect.
Practical Group Counseling Issues with People who Are Dually Diagnosed
This DVD is about counseling people who have both intellectual and mental health disabilities.
Pros and Cons of Antipsychotic Treatment
This DVD is about the pros and cons of taking antipsychotic medication.
Roll On
This DVD has stories about children who have physical disabilities. They are told by parents and the kids themselves.
S.M.I.L.E. on Down Syndrome Parent Network
An organization in Indiana that provides information and support to the families of children who have Down syndrome. S.M.I.L.E. also serves small parts of Kentucky and Illinois.
SB University (SBU)
A website with online training about important topics in the Spina Bifida Community.
Sharing Sensitive Information With Families
This DVD helps professionals learn how to deliver sensitive information to parents.
Supportive Counseling: A Relationship-Based Approach to Helping People with Dual Diagnosis
The DVD is about counseling people who have the dual diagnoses of intellectual and mental health disabilities.
TASH Online Training
These training sessions cover current topics that impact people who have disabilities. They happen all year round.
The Three Parts of Hurt: What You Need to Know About Trauma & Those With Intellectual Disabilities
This lecture is based on stories from people with disabilities who have been abused.
Understanding and Responding to Persons with Personality Disorders
This CD explains personality disorders.
Update on Psychotropics and Elders with ID
This CD is about perhaps not giving more medicine to older persons with intellectual disabilities along with changes in behavior.
What is Bipolar Illness Anyway? Level: Intermediate
This CD is about bipolar disorder.
Organizations, Programs, and Projects
Abstracts from the Growing Older with a Disability (GOWD) Conference
This conference brought together many scholars in Toronto, Canada. They discussed many topics that touched on all disability groups. All of the information is preserved on a website.
Community Staff Training Programs at Minot State University
This online program provides DSPs with the training they need. There are opportunities for DSPs and other professionals to earn certificates and college degrees.
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.
Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association
This association provides education, support, and advocacy for nurses who support persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Disability and Health Information for Health Care Providers
This website has information about providing health care to people with disabiliities.
Got Transition? - The Center for Health Care Transition Improvement – Opening Doors to a Healthy Future
This Center has information to support the transition from child-centered healthcare to adult health care.
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.
Healthcare Stories
This initiative is working to make health care better for people with disabilities. The method is to share powerful stories.
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.
Informed Consent for Healthcare
This program helps people in making medical decisions. They share information for self-advocates, family members, support staff, and physicians. Their curricula is available for free download.
Learn the Signs. Act Early.
This initiative helps parents, doctors, and everyone notice signs of disability in babies and very young children.
Microtraining DVDs (for therapists)
These DVDs teach therapists the best ways to help people who have disabilities. Topics include cultural diversity, sexuality, and disability etiquette.
S.M.I.L.E. on Down Syndrome Parent Network
An organization in Indiana that provides information and support to the families of children who have Down syndrome. S.M.I.L.E. also serves small parts of Kentucky and Illinois.
SB University (SBU)
A website with online training about important topics in the Spina Bifida Community.
Supports Intensity Scale
An assessment tool that evaluates practical support requirements of a person with an intellectual disability.
Top Ten Things to Remember about Individuals with ID and MH Disorders
This CD is about diagnosing mental health problems in people with intellectual disabilities.
Other
Beth Marks, PhD, RN
Beth Marks is Associate Director for Research in the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities (RRTCADD),University of Illinois at Chicago(UIC),President of the National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities
Building Capacity Among Pediatric Residents to Promote Health Advocacy Among Persons with Developmental Disabilities
This training program helps doctors learn about the health needs of people with disabilities.
Glyde Condom Demonstration Model
This is a wooden model of a penis to teach condom use.
HealthLink for Nurses Curriculum
This training curriculum is about the unique healthcare needs of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
Joan Guthrie Medlen, MEd, RD
Joan Guthrie Medlen is a registered dietitian with an interest in promoting healthful, quality lives for people with IDD.
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.
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.


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