Thank you for visiting the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD). We aim to give you information on health status, health access, and health behaviors of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), strategies to improve health and function among people with IDD through health promotion activities, and how to improve health care access through integrated care practices. In addition we have information on developmental disabilities across the lifespan, disability friendly environments, and caregiver support.

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Improving health through health promotion and health care access. Impacting lives for a healthier tomorrow.

Upcoming Presentations and Conferences

Event Information:

  • Thu

    A Telehealth Weight Management System for Adults with Intellectual Disability


    Presenter: Jim Rimmer, PhD, Carleton Rivers, MS, RDN, LD, and Justin D. Gentry

    Presenter bios:

    James H. Rimmer, Ph.D, is a Professor in the School of Health Professions and the first Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  For over 30 years he has been developing and directing health promotion programs for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities aimed at reducing obesity, increasing physical activity and improving nutrition in youths, adults and seniors with disabilities. Since 1997 he has provided leadership in the development of interdisciplinary research programs in disability, physical activity and health promotion at the University of Illinois at Chicago and now at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Rimmer directs two federally funded centers, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (funded by CDC since 1999), and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities (funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research since 2002). He is the incoming Chair of the Science Board of the President’s Council on Fitness, Nutrition and Sports.

    Carleton Rivers, MS, RDN, LD, is the registered dietitian for the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) as well as the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative. Her work focuses on disseminating nutrition information to individuals with disabilities. Ms. Rivers is a project coordinator and telehealth coach for a number of studies within the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative.

    Justin D. Gentry is the Research Coordinator at The Resource Exchange in Colorado Springs, CO. He coordinates projects the focus on developmental disability, health status, and technology. Justin is also a health coach at a clinic for people with IDD and aims to earn his PhD in psychology and disability studies.

    Abstract: POWERS (Personalized Online Weight and Exercise Response System) platform is a novel, multifocal-centered tailored intervention utilizing an innovative online tool designed to facilitate improvements in physical activity and nutritional behaviors. POWERSforID is a customized platform for obese individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) and their caregivers. The POWERSforID intervention was designed to achieve weight loss and improve specific health markers while respecting and supporting the needs of the participants with ID as well as their caregivers.

    Keywords: intellectual disability, obesity, telehealth, weight management program

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Research Studies

  1. HealthMatters Program Scale-Up
  2. Impact of Managed Care
  3. Longitudinal Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disability Study
  4. National Health Outcomes Indicators
  5. Reducing Obesity through POWERS

Department of Disability and Human Development (DHD)
College of Applied Health Sciences (CAHS)
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
1640 West Roosevelt Road, M/C 626
Chicago, Illinois 60608-6904
Phone: 1-312-413-1520
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Funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL), National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Grant # 90RT5020-03