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Building Inclusive Healthy Communities through the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)
Presenter: Amy Rauworth
A truly facilitating community is one in which health promotion activities (i.e., physical activity and nutrition) are as accessible to people with disabilities as they are to people without disabilities. Unfortunately, many people with disabilities or caregivers who have a child or family member with a disability have limited access to physical activity and healthy eating because of the substantially greater number of barriers they experience compared to people without disabilities in accessing programs, services and support systems. A well-planned “livable” community makes the right choice, the easy choice and includes people with disabilities. Environmental barriers will be discussed and options to increase access to health promoting behaviors in the community will be provided. Resources from the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability will be described and information on the Inclusive Fitness Coalition will be shared.
Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Overview in Spanish
It is estimated that 1 in 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Research shows that Hispanic children are often diagnosed later than the national average. With prevalence rates on the rise, it is important that families of underserved communities have access to quality information and resources.
The Autism NOW Center and the Autism Society of America have partnered to offer a free resource to Spanish-speaking families. Join us for this webinar, which will be offered entirely in Spanish, to learn more about autism spectrum disorders. Presenters will provide an overview of ASD; discuss steps involved in screening and diagnosis; address existing barriers for Latino families; and help connect families to resources in their community. Register for this webinar today!
The Most Common Medical Problems in Specialized Care for People with I/DD
Presenter: Dr. Ted Feigelman
Persons with I/DD often have the same medical problems as others, but may present in a different fashion. It is after much experience that one may be able to develop insights into these presentations. Join Dr. Ted Feigelman as we discuss some of the common medical issues in this population, and some of the special approaches to address these needs.
When in Doubt, Rule It Out: Medical Problems and Aggressive Behaviors of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Presenter: Dr. Lauren Charlot
People with ID and ASD have high rates of health problems, and these are often missed or under-treated. Frequently, individuals with these disabilities have difficulty communicating their own symptoms, and the only signs of a medical issue or medication side effect are irritable moods and challenging behaviors. In many cases, psychoactive medications are prescribed to reduce aggression, when a treatable medical problem is the real cause of the clinical problem. The most common medical problems and side effects found in patients with ID and ASD will be presented with tips on how to increase detection. The importance of a multidisciplinary approach to evaluation of aggression and other problem behaviors in people with ID and ASD is emphasized.
Medical Diagnostics and Health Care Justice
Presenters: David Capozzi, Rex Pace and Mary Lou Breslin
Join us for a discussion on medical diagnostics and healthcare justice, with leaders from the US Access Board and the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund. Attendees will learn updates on the current medical diagnostics rule as well as how to educate others in their communities about health care provider misconceptions and stereotypes.
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