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Information truly is power. This page provides readers with access to a variety of free, online resources on topics important to the health of people with disabilities. It includes resources on preventing secondary conditions that can further limit independence. This list is not exhaustive. We’ve chosen information to present here from our partners and other trusted sites. However, inclusion on this site does not imply that Living Well Iowa program staff have evaluated or recommend any specific program.

Also note that the information presented on this site is not intended to provide medical advice on the management or care of a person with a disability. If you have questions or concerns about your health, talk with a qualified health-care provider. 

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Access to Health Care

  • Removing Barriers to Health Care: A Guide for Health Professionals (PDF or HTML) - This booklet  walks the health care provider through the process of making a medical facility physically accessible. It includes specific ADA requirements, picture illustrations, and helpful tips on creating accessible environments and services. Share a copy with your health care provider.  

  • IANeT: Communicating about Health Care with People Who Have
    - Guidelines on communicating with people who have a range of disabilities, and information on developing user-friendly websites;
    , developed by the Iowa Department of Public Health.  
  • Partners in Health Care: People with Disabilities and Their Health Care Providers - (PDF) Tips for health care providers to promote the health of people with cognitive and physical disabilities. Suggestions are also given on ways people with disabilities can build more positive partnerships with their medical care providers.


  • Advocating Change Together (ACT), run by and for people with developmental and other disabilities, works to help people see themselves as part of a larger disability rights movement, and to connect with other civil and human rights struggles. ACT provides an online catalog; you can also sign up for a weekly advocacy memo.  

  • Iowa Disability Advocates (IDA) Listserv provides news and information related to disability advocacy in Iowa. Action alerts are its hallmark, especially during the Iowa legislative session. It also provides information on conferences and events; new services and supports; best practices; local, state and federal programs; and funding and policy changes. Questions and opinions are welcome. Sign up for this listserv by sending a blank e-mail to

Aging with a disability

Assistive Technology

  • Iowa COMPASS offers assistive technology product information, an assistive Technology Used Equipment Referral Service, information on potential funding resources for assistive technology, and legal advocacy related to assistive technology.

Centers for Independent Living, Iowa

Depression, recognizing and treating

Emergency preparedness

Fitness and conditioning resources

Health care, preventive

Health promotion and wellness in Iowa

  • Living Well with a Disability - 8-week training course used by people with disabilities and other health conditions to improve their health and prevent secondary conditions that can further limit independence. Learn more about Living Well Iowa. 

  • Continuing to Live Well with a Disability - A 4-session refresher course for those who have completed the Living Well with a Disability.

  • Arthritis Foundation Programs - National Arthritis Foundation programs and services that reduce pain, increase function, reduce physician visits, and decrease stiffness. The Iowa Chapter offers programs in locations across the state; enter your zip code for a list of programs.

Home modification


  • My Pyramid—Steps to a Healthier You - Hints for eating a healthier diet -- the nutritional value of foods, and a tool to help you choose the foods and amounts that are right for you.

Social security and other benefit programs

Substance abuse

  • Substance Abuse Resources and Disability Issues (SARDI) - Encompassing the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Drugs and Disability, SARDI  conducts programs on the treatment and prevention of substance abuse among people with disabilities. Information about these programs; education and training materials; and manuals available on-line. Also a web-based course on substance abuse and disability.

  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment for People with Physical and Cognitive Disabilities Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) - Published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this series of documents is available online in a downloadable PDF format from the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information. The publication contains information on screening, treatment, and other issues of service delivery including accessibility.

  • American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD), Substance Abuse Best Practices - AAHD supports health promotion and wellness initiatives for people with disabilities at the federal, state and local level, works to reduce the incidence of secondary conditions and health disparities between people with disabilities and the general population. Information on best practices and on disability and health issues, including substance abuse.


Women’s health

  • Orchid - This special issue health and wellness magazine for women with disabilities focuses on achieving wellness, not removing disability. Article topics include relationships, recreation and leisure, travel, gardening, and links to a wide range of resources.

  • Health and Wellness for Women with Disabilities - Women with disabilities have conditions that make them more vulnerable to such secondary conditions as pain, fatigue, osteoporosis, obesity, and depression. The CDC Disability and Health Team has targeted women with disabilities as an area of emphasis and works to promote their health and well-being through research, partnerships, and education. Find information for  consumers and providers on such topics as breast cancer screening, access to health care, physical activity, and abuse.

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