Resources on Wellness and Individuals with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities
The following resources from around the country may be of interest to Impact readers.
National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (http://www.nchpad.org/). NCHPAD seeks to help people with disability and other chronic health conditions increase participation in all types of physical and social activities, including fitness and aquatic activities, recreational and sports programs, adaptive equipment usage, and more. Its Web site features extensive resources and services for individuals with disabilities, fitness and health professionals, care providers, and others. Among the online resources are how-to videos on inclusive and adapted exercise; fact sheets describing physical activity, exercise, and health considerations for individuals with specific disabilities and chronic conditions; and resources for fitness centers to use in assessing and correcting barriers to participation by people with disabilities.
Retaining Employees in Your Worksite Wellness Program. This free guide for employers discusses the importance of attending to health and wellness for all employees, including employees with disabilities. It offers guidance in providing the right program accommodations and incentives to increase enrollment by employees with disabilities, improving employees’ health and the company’s bottom line. Published by the U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy and available at http://www.dol.gov/odep/research/WellnessToolkit.pdf.
Inclusive Fitness Coalition (http://incfit.org). The Inclusive Fitness Coalition is a group of organizations and individuals representing a cross-section of the disability rights, sports, health/fitness and civil rights communities. It works to create a unified effort to increase access to and participation in physical activity for youth, adults and seniors with physical, cognitive, and sensory disabilities. Its Web site includes resources for fitness organizations and professionals on topics including improving fitness center accessibility and how to become a Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer, as well as information on coalition membership for organizations and individuals.
HealthMatters™ Program (http://healthmattersprogram.org). This program, based at the RRTC on Developmental Disabilities and Health (http://rrtcadd.org), University of Illinois at Chicago, is a partnership with community organizations nationwide that aims to improve the health of people with developmental disabilities. Its goals are to develop and share tools for health promotion research, service learning, and training; support health promotion program development, implementation, and evaluation; and disseminate and integrate evidence-based health promotion services for people with developmental disabilities. Among the resources on its Web site are manuals for the evidence-based HealthMatters™ curriculum, online training opportunities, and community partner profiles.
Impact: Feature Issue on Sexuality and People with Intellectual, Developmental and Other Disabilities. This issue of Impact explores the question, “What does it mean to affirm and support a positive, healthy sexuality for individuals with disabilities?” Its articles cover topics ranging from sexuality education in the home and school, to personal stories of dating and marriage, to legal and ethical issues for staff and agencies providing services for people with disabilities. The goal of this issue is to provide information and inspiration that further support the right and opportunity for people with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities to understand and express this essential dimension of human life. Published by the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, and available at https://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/232/232.pdf or in a text-only version at https://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/232/default.html.
American Association on Health and Disability: Health Promotion Resource Center for People with Disabilities (http://www.aahd.us/resource-center/). The Health Promotion Resource Center provides visitors with information about multiple aspects of health promotion and wellness for people with disabilities. It includes abstracts of published research on topics related to disability and health, resources on best practice, fact sheets and Power Points on a range of topics related to health and disability, health and disability state resources, disparities data, and a link to the Disability and Health Journal.
Mental Health for People with Intellectual Disability: The Impact of Stress and Social Support.By Haleigh M. Scott and Susan M. Havercamp. The authors of this journal article utilized data from the National Core Indicators to examine the impact of stress and social support on the mental health of adults with intellectual disability. Correlations were found between stress and mental illness, and between lack of social support and mental illness. The importance of considering these factors in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health among people with intellectual disabilities is discussed. Published in the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Vol. 119, No. 6, 552-564) and available at http://aaiddjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1352/1944-7558-119.6.552.
Removing Barriers to Health Clubs and Fitness Facilities: A Guide for Accommodating All Members, Including People with Disabilities and Older Adults. This guide provides strategies for making a health club’s facility and services more accessible to people with disabilities and older adults. Illustrations demonstrate how barriers in the physical environment can be removed and how exercise equipment and programs can be designed to create a welcoming facility. Topics include how to market fitness programs in an accessible manner, incorporating universal design into the facility, recommendations for assisting people with disabilities, and guidelines for selecting equipment. Developed by the North Carolina Office on Disability and Health and The Center for Universal Design. Available at http://fpg.unc.edu/sites/fpg.unc.edu/files/resources/other-resources/NCODH_RemovingBarriersToHealthClubs.pdf.
Supporting the Expression of Spirituality for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities. This free guide published by the Volunteers of America can be used to identify whether or not spirituality and/or congregational involvement are considered a valued outcome for an individual with an intellectual disability and, if so, how services and supports might be directed toward helping them attain this outcome. Available at http://faithanddisability.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/RESOURCE-GUIDE.pdf.
My Health Passport for Hospital/Clinic Visits (http://flfcic.fmhi.usf.edu/docs/FCIC_Health_Passport_Form_Typeable_English.pdf). Published by the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, this is a document that individuals with disabilities can fill out and take with them to the clinic or hospital. It tells health care professionals important information about the individual, such as how they communicate; how they express pain and distress; mobility needs; how to best assist them with personal care; sensitivities to noise, light, food; and medical history.
Citation: Traci, M., Hsieh, K., Anderson, L., & Gaylord, V. (Eds.). (Winter 2016). Impact: Feature issue on supporting wellness for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, 29(1). [Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration and Research and Training Center on Community Living]. Retrieved from https://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/291/