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 […]

Depressive Symptoms and Clinical Depression and People with Disabilities: Treatment

BRIEFING SUMMARY This briefing summary provides an overview of some of the treatments being used for depressive symptoms and clinical depression in people with disabilities. Youth According to the website of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), depression in children and adolescents is a serious disease, causing significant problems at home, in school, and […]

Depressive Symptoms and Clinical Depression and People with Disabilities: Prevalence

BRIEFING SUMMARY This briefing summary provides an overview of some of the issues involved with depressive symptoms and clinical depression in people with disabilities, as well as a discussion of prevalence. Definition of Depressive Symptoms and Clinical Depression First, it is important to distinguish between dysthymic disorder (symptoms of chronic, mild depression persisting for at […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Training of Health Care Professionals on Issues Facing People with Disabilities

FACT SHEET Most Americans or their family members will experience disability at some time in their lives. It is estimated that 54 million people in the United States have some type of long lasting condition or disability. This represents nearly 1 person in 5 or 20% of 257.2 million people age 5 and older. While […]

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 […]

A need for more health screening for people with disabilities.

According to the US Census Bureau, there are nearly 50 million Americans who have some type of disability (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000). Within this population “persons with disabilities do not receive enough preventive care” and receive little or no health screening for such things as breast cancer, or preventive dental care (U.S. Department of Health and Human […]

Health Screening Recommendations for People With Disabilities

According to the US Census Bureau, there are nearly 50 million Americans who have some type of disability (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000). Within this population “persons with disabilities do not receive enough preventive care” and receive little or no health screening for such things as breast cancer, or preventive dental care (U.S. Department of Health […]