We are offering a series of opportunities for individuals with disabilities and caregivers to share their experience with accessing health care in Delaware.
The Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware is collaborating with the Department of Health and Social Services to improve the health of people with disabilities in Delaware. With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are conducting a statewide needs assessment of adults and children with disabilities. The findings from this process will help guide improvements in the delivery of care.
We are interested in the positive and negative experiences you have had in establishing a relationship with a doctor, in using facilities and equipment, in paying for care, and in living a healthy lifestyle.
We will be hosting a series of meetings around the state to meet with people to capture their stories. The date, time, and location of each meeting can be found below:
- Wednesday, April 24, 5 to 7 p.m.
Georgetown Public Library
123 West Pine Street, Georgetown, DE
- Monday, April 29, 6 to 8 p.m.
Delaware Technical Community College-Dover
Corporate Training Center (Bldg 400), Room 400B
100 Campus Drive, Dover, DE
- Tuesday, April 30, 6 to 8 p.m.
Delaware Technical Community College-Wilmington
Conference Room A
333 Shipley Street, Wilmington, DE
To schedule your session, please contact Kara Magane at 302-831-0140 or email@example.com.
For those who cannot attend the community meetings, there is an online survey that people can use to share their experiences. The survey can be found at:
Webinar on Wednesday, April 24th 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Speakers: Leslie Long and Dave Kearon
Register here: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=5paxaj2wpkl0
There are many quality indicators that can impact the lives of adults on the autism spectrum. Recent studies have outlined the lack of appropriate outcomes for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) once they leave their educational entitlement and enter adult services, particularly several years out. This webinar will review the literature on current outcomes for adults with ASD and what are the factors that contribute to good quality of life.
Webinar on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 2:00 ET
Register for the webinar here: http://www.ada-audio.org/Schedule/
This special session is being offered in collaboration with the Inclusive Fitness Coalition in response to the recent guidance provided by the Office for Civil Rights clarifying public elementary and secondary schools obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to provide extracurricular athletic opportunities for students with disabilities. This session will discuss key points that are addressed in this new resource. The session will provide attendees with practical advice on how schools can better integrate students with disabilities into mainstream athletic programs and as well as how to create adapted programs. The goal of this session is to raise awareness of the obligation to provide opportunities in athletics and to encourage change at the school level.
Webinar on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 2:00 ET
Register for the webinar: http://www.adaconferences.org/Emergency/Register/
When emergencies strike and people in high rise structures are involved, organized evacuation of the building is necessary. People with disabilities are often thought to be hindrances to this organized evacuation or, worse, are afterthoughts in the evacuation process – putting them at greater risk. This session will include representatives from building code, evacuation chair development, and fire agencies to discuss how planning, building codes, and evacuation chair and other technologies are being used to improve the evacuation of people with disabilities from high rise buildings.
This video was created by the Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). It is one in a series of disability-themed videos in support of the first-everWorld Report on Disability. More videos are available at World Health Organization’s website.What\’s Disability to Me?
Watch the video: What”s Disability to Me?
Preventing the Flu
- Get immunized! Vaccinations are offered through physician offices, and many pharmacies and grocery stores. The Division of Public Health is also expanding vaccination opportunities at public health clinics. If you need information on the flu or where to get vaccinated visit www.flu.delaware.gov or call 800-282-8672.
- Wash hands with soap frequently or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers, especially after you cough, sneeze or touch your face.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your inner elbow. Droplets from a sneeze can travel up to six feet.
- Video: How can I prevent the spread of the flu?
Treating the Flu
- If you have been diagnosed with the flu, you should stay home and follow your health care provider’s recommendations. Do not return to work until 24 hours after a fever.
- You can treat the flu with or without medication. When treating without medication, be sure to get plenty of rest and fluids.
- Talk to your health care provider or pharmacist about over-the-counter and prescription medications to ease flu symptoms and help you feel better faster. Over-the counter medications may relieve some flu symptoms, but they will not make you less contagious.
- Video: How do I treat the flu?
Everybody can do their part to help prevent the spread of germs and protect themselves from the flu. Follow on Twitter (@FluGov) for the latest information on this flu season.
Here is the text of today’s proclamation from President Obama on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Americans have always understood that each of us is entitled to a set of fundamental freedoms and protections under the law, and that when everyone gets a fair shot at opportunity, all of us do better. For more than two decades, our country has upheld those basic promises for persons with disabilities through the Americans with Disabilities Act — a sweeping civil rights bill that moved our Nation forward in the journey to equality for all. And from making health care more affordable to ensuring new technologies are accessible, we have continued to build on that progress, guided by the belief that equal access and equal opportunity are common principles that unite us as one Nation.
On the 20th International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we reaffirm that the struggle to ensure the rights of every person does not end at our borders, but extends to every country and every community. It continues for the woman who is at greater risk of Continue reading Presidential Proclamation — International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2012
Smoking is a hard habit to quit. To promote national smoking cessation, the American Cancer Society is sponsoring the 37th annual Great American Smokeout. This event encourages smokers to make a plan to quit and quit smoking on a designated day in an effort to stop permanently. This year, the Smokeout is being held this Thursday, November 15, 2012. Delaware has resources available if you are trying to quit. Visit the Great American Smokeout site or the Delaware Division of Public Health site to learn more about cessation programs, smoking prevention, and second-hand smoke.
Adults with disabilities have higher rates of smoking than those without disabilities. Data from the CDC’s 2011 report, “Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults, United States, 2011,” shows that 25.4% of individuals with a disability were considered current smokers compared to 17.3% of individuals without a disability. These numbers were greater for men with disabilities than women with disabilities.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer for both men and women, affecting more individuals than any other type of cancer. As we move through the month of November, it is important to take the necessary steps to help people quit smoking in an effort to reduce the risk of lung cancer.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. According to the 2010 U.S. Surgeon General’s report, approximately 443,000 U.S. adults die from smoking-related illnesses each year. In 2011, an estimated 43.8 million adults in the U.S. were current cigarette smokers, or individuals who smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and reported smoking every day. Of these, 77.8% smoked every day and 51.8% had made a quit attempt for >1 day during the preceding year.
For more information about this issue, please visit the smoking cessation section of our website: http://www.gohdwd.org/lifestyle/smoking-cessation/
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages everyone in the path of Hurricane Sandy to take action and be prepared. People with disabilities or impairments can be disproportionately affected by this storm and its aftermath.
NCBDDD’s Division of Human Development and Disability has provided emergency readiness resources for people with disabilities and their families, people with hearing loss, and first responders below. Please share with your communities and colleagues.
Information for People with Disabilities, Hearing Loss
CDC Article: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities
Learn how people with disabilities, their families, and first responders can plan ahead for safety during a disaster.
Hurricanes: American Sign Language (ASL) Videos
CDC offers American Sign Language (ASL) public service announcement videos to help deaf and hearing-impaired persons stay safe before, during, and after a hurricane.
Iowa Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities
The Iowa Disability and Health program provides technical assistance for all-hazard planning for people with disabilities and community professionals.*
Muscular Dystrophy Association: Preparing for Emergencies, A Checklist for People with Neuromuscular Diseases
The MDA provides a checklist to help people with neuromuscular diseases protect themselves and their family.
Ready.gov: Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Special Needs. Get Ready Now.
Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed. Continue reading Hurricane Sandy: Information for People with Disabilities, Hearing Loss
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to encourage breast cancer screenings among women with disabilities through the Right to Know Campaign. In the United States in 2008, women with a disability aged 50-74 reported a lower rate of mammography use than women without a disability of the same ages (78.1% vs. 82.6%). To encourage breast cancer screenings among women with disabilities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has organized the Right to Know Campaign. As a part of the campaign, CDC has recorded women with disabilities sharing their inspirational stories about their battles with breast cancer.
This campaign uniquely appeals to women with disabilities through shared personal stories of disabled women who have experienced breast cancer. You can use the campaign flyers, fact sheets and materials to promote screening among women with disabilities. Download these materials and print copies to post in your facility.
In addition, you can view the provider section of our website to improve your skills and knowledge about working with individuals with disabilities. Here you can also find trainings for providers and mammography technicians who work with women with disabilities. These trainings will help to improve accessibility, as well as communication with patients.
You can also read the transcripts of each story by visiting the CDC Right to Know website: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/righttoknow/index.html