Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 1 (January/February 2017)

Project SEARCH at Cincinnati Children's Awarded Grant from Ohio DD Council to Incorporate Health Matters Curriculum

Cincinnati, OH - Cincinnati Children’s has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council to study Healthy Lifestyles for People with Disabilities. The goal of the project is to incorporate Health Matters Curriculum, a health education curriculum specifically designed for people with developmental disabilities, into Project SEARCH and create and test a clear set of guidelines for integration. The aim is to provide a general model for introducing health and fitness education into high school transition, a critical life stage for establishing patterns and habits for healthy and successful adult life.The proposed project leverages a partnership between Project SEARCH and UnitedHealthcare Community & State (UHC). Through this partnership, UHC purchased Health Matters Curriculum for distribution to all 430 Project SEARCH program sites.
Project SEARCH at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will be the lead organization, and will partner with the following organizations to carry out this project:
“We know that good health is critical to successful employment, and that employment plays a huge role in promoting good health. Project SEARCH is all about employment, so it makes perfect sense to incorporate Health Matters, which gives young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the tools that they need to adopt a healthy lifestyle.”
-Erin Riehle, Director and Co-founder, Project SEARCH
“Health Matters is a perfect addition to Project SEARCH. It takes the community engagement that starts in the workplace, and expands it to the park, the gym, the pool, and beyond. It will build on the confidence and independence that young people gain in Project SEARCH and add a vital new dimension to quality of life.”
-Susie Rutkowski, Co-director and Educational Specialist, Project SEARCH
About Project SEARCH:
Project SEARCH is a program based at Cincinnati Children’s designed to help young people with developmental disabilities prepare for and achieve competitive employment. For more information, visit

Maryellen Daston, PhD

Seeking Organizations to participate!
An informational webinar about HealthMatters, Maryland! Initiative will be held on January 25th (2pm-3pm EST). Please REGISTER HERE to attend.

For more information visit
HealthMatters, Maryland! webpage.


Seven DD Provider Organizations who provide services to people with I/DD in North Carolina VAYA Health network are participating in HealthMatters Program Webinar Training. The HealthMatters, North Carolina! is a health promotion initiative aimed at improving health and health promotion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) throughout the state of North Carolina. HealthMatters Program team will assist provider organizations to promote healthy lifestyles to people with IDD while meeting the requirements of the National Core Indicators (wellness indicators).

For more information visi
t HealthMatters, North Carolina! webpage.

January is a Thyroid Awareness Month
National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) has created a helpful Are you getting screened? resource page on the screening resources for people with disabilities.


WEBINAR - January 25, 2017 (3pm-4pm CST)
Maltreatment of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

WEBINAR - February 16, 2017 (2pm-3pm CST)
Aging and Dementia Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities

WEBINAR - March 16, 2017 (2pm-3pm CST)
Transition of Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities to Adult-Systems of Care

WEBINAR - April 20, 2017 (2pm-3pm CST)
Social Support Networks of Aging Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

SEMINAR - March 20-22, 2017 (Washington DC)
Disability Policy Seminar 2017

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