Disability Stigma and Your Patients

For people with disabilities, stigma can be a major barrier to participation. Stigmatizing attitudes about disabilities can also affect relationships between patients and providers. However, health care providers can be allies with their patients and help reduce the impact of stigma. What Is Disability Stigma? The word stigma comes from the Greek word for “mark.” Generally, stigma is a negative set of beliefs about people with specific characteristics. For example, ethnic or sexual minorities, or people […]

Neglected for Too Long: Dental Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

National Council on Disability An independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress to enhance the quality of life for all Americans with disabilities and their families. Neglected for Too Long: Dental Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Fall 2017 This policy brief is designed to provide insight concerning the lack of dental care many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD)[1] continue to experience due to a shortage of properly […]

ADAPT Demands the FDA to Stop Shocking Disabled People into Submission

WHO: National ADAPT WHAT: ADAPT Demands the FDA to Stop Shocking Disabled People into Submission WHERE: In front of FDA Director Scott Gottlieb’s house, Pennsylvania Ave NW & L St NW, Washington DC 20037 WHEN: Friday, March 9, 2018, happening now DISABILITY RIGHTS GROUP DEMANDS THE FDA ISSUE LONG-DELAYED REGULATIONS 03/09/2018 – Washington, D.C. Members of the national disability rights group ADAPT are outside the home of FDA Director Scott Gottlieb demanding that he release the regulations that would […]

Statement on Sexual Violence and Abuse from The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to elevate the status of direct support professionals by improving practice standards; promoting system reform; and advancing their knowledge, skills and values. NADSP understands that abuse, neglect, and exploitation are serious issues in systems of services and support for people with disabilities. Decades of research suggest an ongoing crisis; there is an alarmingly high rate of physical […]

PCPID Releases 2017 Report

The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) recently released its 2017 Report, “America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis: Effects on People with Intellectual Disabilities, Families, Communities and the U.S. Economy.” The NADSP (The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals) is proud to have assisted the University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center on Community Living in preparing this report and especially proud to highlight the work from some of our certified direct support professionals […]

CP Research News

Cerebral Palsy Alliance is delighted to bring you this free bulletin of published research into cerebral palsy, as indexed in the NCBI PubMed (Medline) and Entrez (GenBank) databases. The latest issue of CP Research News, back issues and a subscription form are available on the CP Research News page. Please click on this link to the Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance website to view the full abstracts of the latest issue. Kind regards, Professor Nadia Badawi AM Macquarie […]


By Ann Allen  “Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” ~Amy Poehler  Ah, you made it through the holidays. Now what? Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Did it sound something like mine and contain words like healthy eating, exercise, less stress? I know. We try. We’re busy. Our people come first. I am not a personal trainer, motivational […]

The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About

Heard on All Things Considered Joseph Shapiro     Editor’s note: This report includes graphic and disturbing descriptions of assault. Pauline wants to tell her story — about that night in the basement, about the boys and about the abuse she wanted to stop. But she’s nervous. “Take a deep breath,” she says out loud to herself. She takes a deep and audible breath. And then she tells the story of what happened on the […]

When siblings have intellectual and developmental disabilities

Doreen Arcus, Ph.D. She would have been 100 this year. Perhaps the most influential person with intellectual and developmental disabilities in modern America, Rosemary Kennedy changed the lives of millions. And she did it through her siblings. Born at a time when families were advised to institutionalize children with disabilities, Rosemary was instead an integral part of Kennedy family life until a prefrontal lobotomy left her incapacitated at age 23. She was particularly close to […]

Jim Brett Honored By The AADMD

James T. Brett, known to many as Jim Brett, received the Katie Beckett Advocacy Award from the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (ADDMD) at the organization’s 2017 annual conference. The award is named after Katie Beckett who, from age three, had been hospitalized (for viral encephalitis) despite the protestations of her parents. President Ronald Reagan invoked her case as an example of irrational federal regulations in 1981. Eventually, a ruling that allowed children […]