March 15, 2019
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National Leaders in the Mental Health Aspects
of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Artwork by Gary Murrel/Art Enables
As many of you know, each March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), partners with Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) to create a social media campaign that highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities.
In an effort to take this campaign a step further and translate awareness into action, today we are sharing toolkits and resources about developmental disabilities that you can share with providers in your communities. While awareness building is an important first step, knowledge sharing is crucial to our long-term efforts to build system capacity.

The START National Training Institute is an important component of our effort to build system capacity and increase knowledge and understanding of MH/IDD on a national scale. Please don't forget to join us in Washington DC in May for the 2019 SNTI where we share the most up to date resources presented by self-advocates, family members, and experts in the field, and learn from the exceptional work of our START programs from around the country.
“What comes with raising awareness is a responsibility to do something about what you’re aware of,”
-Liz Feld, Autism Speaks President 2012-2016
Multiple training modules are available to a variety of people including healthcare professionals, support providers and caregivers who support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and behavioral health needs.

Free Training Modules for Direct Service Worker and Healthcare Professionals

CEUs, CNE's, and CME's are not offered for a fee and the following modules have recently been launched for health care professionals: trauma-informed care, communication, and interdisciplinary teamwork.

Dr. Beasley was a key organizer in the initial development of course materials in close collaboration with and under direction of the State of Texas. 
The H-CARDD program, led by Dr. Lunsky at CAMH, has been studying the health and health care of over 66,000 adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario since 2010. In addition to describing health disparities faced by these adults, H-CARDD works closely with provincial stakeholders to translate research findings into changes in practice. The Health Check toolkit is the latest resource developed by the team to improve the health and healthcare of Ontarians with IDD.
"These are evidence-informed, clinically relevant tools that can help change practice and improve lives,"
- Dr. Lunsky
Healthcare Toolkits for Clinicians

Additional Resources:
Improving Emergency Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities: A Toolkit for Providers
For with DD and their Families

Additional Resources:
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Developmental disabilities occur among all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. Recent estimates in the United States show that about one in six, or about 15%, of children aged 3 through 17 years have a one or more developmental disabilities, such as: Free Materials on Developmental Disabilities in English
Free Materials on Developmental Disabilities in Español (Spanish)
Thanks for reading and happy Friday,

The Center for START Services

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Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire