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Evidence-Based Training

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)

CDSMP is a 6-week workshop offered in community settings such as libraries, hospitals, churches, human service agencies, and senior centers. CDSMP was developed by the School of Medicine at Stanford University for persons with physical, sensory, and health and aging- related disabilities. CDSMP workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with chronic diseases themselves. Participants build confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. Each workshop participant receives a copy of the book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 3rd edition, and an audio relaxation tape, Time for Healing. For more information, link to

In Virginia, CDSMP is being implemented through the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of the AgingLink to the Virginia Department of Health’s webpage on CDSMP at

Healthcare Access for Persons with Disabilities Web-Based Training

These two healthcare access web-based trainings were developed by the Nisonger Center at the Ohio State University for physicians, registered nurses, certified health education specialists, and others who care for people with disabilities or have an interest in caring for people with physical, sensory, and developmental disabilities. Part I provides participants with a better understanding of health, wellness, and care issues concerning individuals with physical and sensory disabilities. Part II discusses health issues and secondary conditions, and barriers to quality healthcare for people with developmental disabilities. The program goal is to develop skills to increase good communication and rapport in order to enhance accurate assessment and delivery of quality care for persons with developmental disabilities.  Both courses have been approved for continuing education by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for physicians, nurses, certified health education specialists, and other health professionals. To register, link to

Living Well with a Disability (LWD)

Living Well with a Disability is a peer-facilitated and consumer-directed, 10- week workshop developed by the University of Montana Rural Institute for people with physical, sensory disabilities, and mild cognitive disabilities.  LWD helps participants develop goals for meaningful health maintenance and health promotion activities that foster a balanced, healthy lifestyle. The LWD Facilitator Training is an online certification course that prepares individuals to facilitate Living Well workshops. For more information, link to  In Virginia, Living Well workshops are being implemented in several Centers for Independent Living (CILs) as well as other community health settings.

14-Week Program to a Healthier You

The National Center for Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)14-Week Program to a Healthier You is a free, web-based physical activity and nutrition program for people with chronic conditions, mobility impairments, and physical disabilities.  Registering online provides access to exercise and nutrition experts who offer personalized resources and exercises. To register or for more information, link to and click “Join” in upper right hand corner of the screen.  For questions about the program, contact a NCPAD coach at 1-800-900-8086,, or via live chat at

Women Be Healthy

The Women Be Healthy Curriculum was developed by the North Carolina Office on Disability and Health (NCODH) to enable women with intellectual disabilities to become more active participants in their health care. The primary emphasis is teaching women about reproductive health, breast and cervical cancer screenings.  For more information, link to

World Institute on Disability

Access to Medical Care: Adults with Physical Disabilities and Access to Medical Care: People with Developmental Disabilities

Access to Medical Care is a two-part video series designed to educate medical providers, families and individuals with disabilities about health care access and disability sensitivity.  The two DVDs present videos of interviews with medical providers and a diverse group of people with disabilities and use case-based learning exercises and extensive reference materials about appropriate provision of care, specific skills to increase good communication and rapport, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Access to Medical Care empowers providers, patients and families to achieve accessible, appropriate care in compliance with U.S. disability law.  The DVDs are available for loan from the Virginia Health Promotion for People with Disabilities (HPPD) Project at 804-828-8587. For more information about the DVDs or to purchase, link to

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