Online Course Helps Healthcare Providers Improve Access for People with Disabilities

Ten percent of adults with disabilities in Kansas ran into barriers to health care access, according to the 2009 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Among that group, 14% said the restriction involved physical access, 6% cited disability-specific communication barriers, and 27% reported having been treated unfairly due to their disability. To help reduce […]

Dr. Frieden Welcomes Coleen Boyle as New Director for NCBDDD

In a Leadership Team Announcement, Dr. Frieden, Director of CDC, introduced Coleen A. Boyle, Ph.D., M.S. (hyg.), as new director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Frieden wrote: I am pleased to announce my selection of Coleen A. Boyle, Ph.D., M.S. (hyg.), director of the National Center on Birth Defects […]

HHS Makes Stakeholder Dialogues Summary Report Available

Four U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Stakeholder Dialogues and Listening Sessions on implementing the Community Living Initiative were held across the nation last year, and a summary report is now available. The Community Living Initiative expands opportunities for people with disabilities and older adults to live in their communities and achieve their […]

New Documents Available in AAHD’s Health Promotion and Resource Center

The AAHD Health Promotion Resource Center (HPRC) is a free clearinghouse offering contemporary scientific, policy and educational information on disability and health. In April, the HPRC added new fact sheets, research abstracts and best practices. The new fact sheets are on the following topics: Obesity and Disability, Health Screening and People with Disabilities, Health Disparities […]

Opportunity for International Cooperation to Advance Disability Rights

The Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) is inviting human rights, poverty reduction and humanitarian organizations to join a global effort to collect and disseminate disability-related information to those who lack digital access. Organizations need not have a primary focus on disability to participate. The goal of the GDRL project is to bring disability rights knowledge […]

SAMHSA Launches Wellness Campaign

On average, people with serious mental illness die 25 years earlier than the general population, according to a number of recent studies. To improve the health and longevity outlook for people with mental illness, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has launched the 10×10 Wellness Campaign.

RTC Research on Measuring Community Participation by People with Disabilities Now Available Online

Last fall the Research and Training Center on Measurement and Interdependence in Community Living (MICL) held the conference “Community Participation by People with Disabilities: How Do We Measure Up?” If you weren’t able to attend, you can now learn about the research that was presented through seven videos on our YouTube channel . Click […]

AAHD to Launch “Disability and Public Health in the Media”

In June, AAHD will begin publishing a weekly update of media portrayals of disability across the nation. All current AAHD members will receive the weekly update, as well as other disability- and public-health-related items of interest identified by the staff and board. To sign up to receive the latest AAHD publications, please e-mail

TeenScreen Promotes Mental Health Screenings for Teenagers

More than 1 million teens in the United States suffer from depression, yet fewer than one-third of them receive help, according to the TeenScreen National Center for Mental Health Checkups. TeenScreen is a national mental health and suicide screening program for young adults developed by Columbia University’s Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The Reasons […]

FCC Proposes to Update Rules Promoting Accessibility to Advanced Communications for People with Disabilities

As part of its implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), the Federal Communications Commission issued three Notices of Proposed Rulemaking. The CVAA is considered the most significant piece of accessibility legislation since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. The CVAA has modernized existing communications […]