Health Information and Resources

Health Resources in the District of Columbia

DC Department of Health
This department provides many health related services for DC residents including health care services for the uninsured, programs for mothers and children and assistance with accessing immunizations doh.dc.gov

DC Department of Health Care Finance
This department provides information on health insurance, Medicaid, Alliance and application for these programs.

DC Department of Behavioral Health
This department supports residents with links to services, supports and resources for mental health. The Access Help line is 1888-WE-HELP and available through this link

DC Health Link
Health insurance exchange for the District of Columbia

DDA Health Initiative
Department of Disability Services quality assurance and improvement initiative in DC. This website has more health resources specifically about adults with ID/DD including end of life planning and oral health information

Complex Moral Issues: End of Life Resources
This website gives information and resources for guardians to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with end-of-life decisions

Oral Health
The DDA Initiative has many resources on oral health care for individuals with intellecual and developmental disabilities including handouts and videos

Health Articles

Supporting Children with Special Health Care Needs and their Families
Addressing the Mental Health Needs of DC's Children
Bullying and Children with Special Health Care Needs
Childcare in DC for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Developmental Screening of Young Children
Early Intervention & Special Education in DC
Medicaid & Other Public Assistance Programs in DC
Serving Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Sexuality & Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Supporting Physical Activity for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

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Physical Activity and Nutrition

Physical Activity and Sport for People with Disabilities: Symposium and Strategic Planning
The Athletic Equity Symposium held in June 2011brought together diverse academic, administrative, organization, and education experts as well as advocates and athletes with disabilities to discuss policy issues and changes that can be made at the national, state and local levels to ensure full participation of children, youth and young adults in sports and physical activity. A strategic plan was created to accomplishing the goal of full participation in sports and physical activity. Click here to read these proceedings and the strategic plan from the meeting. The last page of the proceedings document contains links to other resource documents used to inform the discussion.

Move Experience Engage
CalendarAn exciting new publication that is a calendar of 365 activities designed to be used by individuals providing services to adults with developmental disabilities in community-based residential facilities.  It includes a variety of fun and engaging activities like exercises, cooking and community activities that will help promote health and a sense of well being. A list of exercises and photographs illustrating the exercises is also included.

Sensational Ideas
Sensational Ideas

A exciting new checklist and activity guide designed to be used by individuals providing services to adults with developmental disabilities. The activities use pleasant scents, sounds and other means to calm, soothe, relax or energize individuals. Click here to download the activity guide and checklist

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Family Food and Fitness
A family guide that has information about healthy eating, recipes, and activities. For families with young children of all abilities
This guide provides families with information about healthy eating and active lifestyles. It is our hope that families will use this knowledge to help them buy fresh food, prepare nutritious meals, and have fun being active. We encourage families to include their children while they shop for food, prepare meals, and cook. Children who participate in cooking enjoy eating and make healthier food choices. The manual includes information about:

  • Nutrition Recommendations
  • Food Safety
  • Meal Planning and Preparation
  • Budgeting
  • Physical Activity