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Health & Wellness

Living a healthy lifestyle is important to everyone, including people with disabilities.  We hope these resources will provide people with I/DD, their families and caregivers the information they need be healthy and well at every stage of their lives.

Wishard Center for Youth and Adults with Conditions of Childhood
The Center for Youth and Adults with Conditions of Childhood (CYACC), based in Indianapolis, provides consultation and coordination of care for:

  • Youth ages 11-22 with special needs (chronic conditions, developmental delay, physical disabilities)  as they prepare for the transition to adult life
  • Adults with specific needs due to their childhood illnesses or developmental disabilities

Donated Dental Services Indiana
Donated Dental Services provides access to comprehensive dentistry for individuals with disabilities and people who are elderly or medically at-risk and have no other way to get help

Health Meet, a project of The Arc of the United States, provides training and education for individuals, their families, direct service professionals, medical providers, and medical students; and raises public awareness of health issues that impact people with intellectual disabilities across the country.

Center for Disability Information, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
Materials can be ordered from IIDC’s library of over 8,000 disability-related books, videos, and kits. Search online for materials related to Health and Health Care.

My Health Passport
My Health Passport is a health advocacy document that describes the unique supports and preferences of an individual. It is designed to be shared with many types of healthcare providers, in clinic and hospital settings, especially for those who are not very familiar in providing care to individuals with I/DD.
My Health Passport /English
My Health Passport /Spanish

Plan for Healthy Living
Healthy Habit Assessment Worksheet
Creating a Healthy Habit Action Plan

Healthy Eating Fact Sheets
Benefits of Breakfast
Ways to Enjoy Fruits & Vegetables
Smart Snacking
Best Beverage Bets
Good News for Fast Food

Healthy Habits Fact Sheets
Tips for Increasing Physical Activity
Limit Alcohol
Quit Tobacco
Healthy Sleeping
Tips from the Dentist

Education for Lifelong Health Factsheets
This series of factsheets was developed by the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities
Good Health and Hygiene
Cancer Treatment
Download the Complete 5-Part Series

Being a Healthy Woman Fact Sheets
Designed to assist women with I/DD  to understand life changes, the importance of a healthy lifestyle, or the need to see doctors when ill.  It also provides a list of resources on disability for women with I/DD, their family members, caregivers, or health care professionals. It can also be used as a teaching tool to help women with intellectual disability learn about their health.

University of Minnesota Online Videos  
Taking Care of Myself
My Exercise

National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability
Fitness Resources for People with I/DD
14 Week Program to a Healthier You

Choose My Plate
Offers wealth of information on healthy eating provided by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture on healthy eating.

Women Be Healthy 2
Curriculum for women with I/DD and other developmental disabilities

Healthy Lifestyles Curriculum
Healthy Lifestyles for People with Disabilities is a holistic wellness workshop, developed by the Oregon Office on Disability and Health (OODH), designed for people with disabilities. Train-the-Trainer events are available for people and organizations interested in implementing the Healthy Lifestyles curriculum. Contact OODH

Steps to Your Health
Steps to Your Health is a ten-week health education program designed for people with I/DD, brain injury, and associated conditions

Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Program

Montana Disability & Health Program

Montana Living Well with a Disability Program

American Association on Health and Disability

Disability and Health Data System / Center for Disease Control
Provides health demographic information on adults with disabilities