Adults with disabilities in the U.S. have higher rates of many chronic health conditions[i] and are more likely to experience a fall.
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.
Find resources to serve adults with disabilities more effectively in your community.
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
- Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 and Technology Resources (see accessibility recommendations)
- 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.
Best Practices Toolkit: Resources from the Field
Explore our Best Practices Toolkit, a compilation of 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
- AAHD Virtual Platform Accessibility Tips
- 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.
- Healthy Aging NC Inclusion Toolkit
- Wyoming Center on Aging Healthy U Inclusivity Training
Resources for Public Policy & Action
- Learn more about long-term services and supports to help seniors and adults with disabilities stay independent.
- Creating an Accessible Vaccine Experience for People with Disabilities and Older Adults
Resources Focused on Transportation
- 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
[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.