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

Presentations and Webinars

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.

Resources for Public Policy & Action

Resources Focused on Transportation

Helpful Organizations and Resource Centers

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.