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.

RRTCDD (2013-2018) Brochure

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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

    Racial and Ethnic Disparities Among Adults with IDD and Their Family Caregivers

    Presenter: Sandy Magaña, PhD, MSW (

    Presenter bio:

    Sandy Magaña, PhD, MSW, is a professor in Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been a leader in investigating racial and ethnic disparities among children with autism and developmental disabilities and among their family caregivers. uilding on this research, Magaña has developed culturally relevant interventions to address these disparities, bringing the Promotora de Salud (community health worker) model to the disability world. Once such project is aimed at addressing health behaviors and needs of caregivers of children and adults with developmental disabilities. She is also director of the newly established Family Support Research and Training Center (FSRTC).


    The majority of adults with IDD live at home with their families, and this is particularly true for adults with IDD from diverse backgrounds.  Some research suggests that adults with IDD who live in the community face many health challenges compared to those in residential settings. In this webinar Dr. Magaña will present research on health outcomes of African American and Latino parental caregivers, and on racial and ethnic disparities on health outcomes among adults with IDD. She will discuss policy and community based interventions to address these disparities with a focus on how agencies serving IDD can address the health of families of persons with IDD.

    Webinar 1_Magana's PowerPoint Slides

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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
Fax: 1-312-996-6942
TTY: 1-312-413-0453
800-996-8845 (V); 800-526-0844 (Chicago Relay Access)

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