Health Care Reform and People With Disabilities: What’s Ahead?

Nearly three months after the arrival of long-awaited health care reform, many people are not sure how things will change. In May 2010, 44 percent of Americans reported being confused about it, and more than a third of the public do not understand how the new law will affect them and their families.1 The Patient […]

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H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Fact Sheet

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) has prepared the following information as a timely quick resource to websites and resources on H1N1, seasonal flu, vaccines, antivirals and diagnostics. This page will be updated and modified on a regular basis on our website. Please feel free to circulate and contact AAHD at contact@aahd.us to add additional resources. Please check […]

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Oregon’s RRTC Clearing a Path to Health

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center: Health and Wellness (www.ohsu.edu/oidd/rrtc/index.cfm ) at Oregon Institute on Disability and Development (OIDD) is launching several projects, and Amy Cline, MPH, Dissemination Coordinator withRRTC, is charged with disseminating them. The center promotes the health and wellness of people with disabilities through research, training, technical assistance and dissemination focused on three important […]

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New Study Shows Much Higher Rates of Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis than Earlier Studies

A groundbreaking survey of more than 33,000 households shows that the number of Americans living with spinal cord injury is 40 percent higher than previously thought. The survey, which was initiated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, found that 1.275 million Americans have a spinal cord injury, and more than 5.6 million live with […]

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Using Accessible Technology to Increase Employment of People with Disabilitie

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has released a sequal to last year’s Roadmaps for Enhancing Employment of Persons with Disabilities Through Accessible Technology (AT). Roadmaps II describes federally funded AT programs, summarizes some of the barriers that limit the use of AT by people with disabilities and makes recommendations to […]

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North Dakota: Off to a Great Start

The health and wellness prospects for people with disabilities in North Dakota are brighter, thanks to a new grant from the CDC. Under the direction of principal investigator Brent Askvig, Ph.D., the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) is working on a five-year project to promote the health and wellness of North Dakota citizens […]

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Illinois and Partners: Working Toward a Common Goal

Carla Cox, MPH, CHES, of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, talks about program goals, challenges and doing a job with meaning. What is your goal for the first year of the grant?* The goal of the Illinois Disability and Health Program is to reduce and prevent secondary conditions […]

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Florida: Coming Together for Public Health

In promoting the health of people with disabilities, delivering effective health communication messages, and assessing health risks and the health status of people with disabilities, Florida faces some unique challenges. First, more than 3.2 million Floridians – 22.2 percent – have a disability1 —considerably more than the national average of 19.3 percent. And the number of […]

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Oregon: Charting New Paths to Health and Happiness

The Oregon Office on Disability and Health (OODH) embraces a holistic approach to health and well-being for people with disabilities, which promotes access to quality health care, employment, education, housing, recreation, meaningful relationships, and public and private services. OODH is currently working on two exciting projects: disseminating “Disability and Public Health” to schools of public health and […]

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Delaware: Making Health Strides for People With Disabilities

Alisha Raiford-Hall and Tom Kelly of Delaware’s Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS) have been hard at work. Thanks to a grant from the CDC in 2005, the division has been able to start incorporating the needs of Delawareans with disabilities into its overall Healthy People 2010 programs. As part of that effort, the Healthy Delawareans with […]

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