Online Health Resources
for consumers, family members,
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.
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
or concerns about your health, talk with a
Living Well Iowa listserv
members the chance to share disability-related health
concerns and information. Click
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to Health Care
Barriers to Health Care: A Guide for Health Professionals
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
developed by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Partners in Health Care:
People with Disabilities and Their Health Care Providers - (PDF)
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
Advocating Change Together
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.
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 Iowa_Disability_Advocatesfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Aging with a disability
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.
for Independent Living, Iowa
Depression, recognizing and
and conditioning resources
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.
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.
security and other benefit programs
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.
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
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.