Adults with disabilities in the U.S. have higher rates of many chronic health conditions[i] and are more likely to experience a fall.[ii] As of 2016, 46% of Chronic Disease Self-Management Program participants and 40% of falls prevention program participants reported having a physical, mental, or emotional disability. Use the resources below to increase engagement of individuals with disabilities in evidence-based programs to improve management of ongoing health conditions and reduce their risk for falls and fall-related injuries.
Tip Sheets and Toolkits
- Tip Sheet: Chronic Disease Self-Management Education and People with Disabilities: Successful Practices
- Tip Sheet: Engaging People with Disabilities in Evidence-Based Programs
- Tip Sheet: Developing Partnerships with the Disability Community
- Fact Sheet: Aging Well with a Physical Disability: How to Prevent Falls
- Disability Visualization Tool: This NCOA data tool provides maps and graphs to show where low-income Medicare beneficiaries with different types of disability reside by county and state.
- The Inclusive Community Health Implementation Package (iChip): The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability’s package of interactive tools to help community health practitioners, organizations, and coalitions incorporate inclusion across all aspects of community health efforts.
- VisionAware: A road map for living with and serving individuals with vision loss.
Presentations and Webinars
- 2017 Presentation: Engaging Adults with Disabilities in Evidence-Based Programs (American Association on Health and Disability and American Foundation for the Blind)
- 2016 Webinar: Falls Prevention among Adults Aging with Disabilities
- 2016 Presentation: Outreach to Adults with Disabilities
- 2015 Presentation: Including Adults with Disabilities in CDSME and Falls Prevention Programs
Best Practices Toolkit: Resources from the Field
Explore our Best Practices Toolkit, a compilation of over 180 resources collected from Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging (ACL/AoA) Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Program (CDSME) grantees, former grantees, and other organizations implementing CDSME programs. Use the links below to find information specifically focused on engaging adults with disabilities in evidence-based programs.
- Tools for marketing evidence-based programs to adults with disabilities
- Resources for partnering with organizations that serve people with disabilities
- Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging Sensory Impairment Toolkit:
Use this toolkit to adapt Stepping On workshops to accommodate people with sensory impairments. The toolkit includes audio recordings that provide detailed explanations of each Stepping On exercise.
Resources for Public Policy & Action
- Learn more about long-term services and supports to help seniors and adults with disabilities stay independent.
Resources Focused on Transportation
- Brochure: Improving Access to Transportation for Older Adults and People with Disabilities
- Fact Sheet: Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
- National Transportation Services Directory
- National Center for Mobility Management
- National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
Helpful Organizations and Resource Centers
- American Association on Health and Disability
- American Foundation for the Blind
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) State-based Disability and Health Programs
- Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
- Independent Living Research Utilization
- National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services
- National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability
- National Council on Independent Living
- National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative
- National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
- University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Connect with others
Connect with NCOA and others in the field by signing up for the Center for Healthy Aging e-newsletter, joining our listservs for professionals implementing evidence-based CDSME or falls prevention programs, or e-mail us for individual support.
[i] Research and Training Center on Measurement and Interdependence in Community Living. The Intersection of Disability and Chronic Disease Fact Sheet. Oregon Health and Science University. July 2011.
[ii] University of Washington Rehabilitation and Research Training Center. How to Prevent Falls. http://agerrtc.washington.edu/info/factsheets/falls. Accessed June 20, 2017.