Since 1987, March has been designated Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, recognizing the many ways people with developmental disabilities contribute to society.
The NIDILRR community has a long history of conducting research and developing resources, technology, and interventions to support people with developmental disabilities and their families. This research covers the life span, from early childhood to transition to college and work, all the way to future planning and healthy aging.
Current NIDILRR-funded projects include three Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTCs) whose efforts focus on people with developmental disabilities and their families:
The RRTC on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD): http://rrtcadd.org/
Visit their site for videos, reports, guides, and other resources for health and wellness, aging, self-advocacy, future planning, and more.
The RRTC on Community Living for People with Developmental Disabilities (RTC/CL): http://rtc.umn.edu/rtc/
Visit their site for information, research, and resources on community living, direct supports, postsecondary education, health and safety, housing choice, transition, and more.
The RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ThinkWork RRTC): http://www.thinkwork.org/rrtc/
Visit ThinkWork for webinars and publications on employment, supported employment, and transition to work.
These are just a few of the grantees currently conducting research in this area. See all of the new and current projects focusing on developmental disabilities (including autism).
When we searched our collection for articles, books, reports, and other publications on developmental disabilities, we found more than 1,000 items from NIDILRR grantees spanning more than 25 years. Here are some quick looks at this research by various life stages and subtopics:
- Infants, toddlers, preschoolers.
- Education (from preschool to postsecondary).
- Transition (to college or employment).
- Sexuality and relationships.
- Community living.
- Health, wellness, and nutrition.
- Assistive technology (for school, work, or community living).
- Psychiatric disabilities/dual diagnosis.
- Substance use disorders.
- Domestic violence or abuse.
These are snapshots of the wealth of information produced by the NIDILRR community over the years. If you are interested in any item in our collection, call us at 800/346-2742 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to place a document request.