dhds-graphicDisability and Health Trainings and Resources

ODHP has compiled a list of web-based resources related to disability and health in Ohio. Click on the headings below to find resources relating to Health Promotion, Access to Care, Emergency Preparedness, and Health Policy, as well as other disability related resources.  If you know of a valuable and relevant resource that should be listed on our site, please contact Wes Barnhart, our Clinical Research Assistant, at Wesley.Barnhart@osumc.edu with information.

The Disability and Health Data System (DHDS) is an interactive state-level disability data tool designed to assist partners, state health departments, national disability and health organizations, policymakers, researchers, educators, and others in the assessment of the health and wellness of people with disabilities. Guidance on navigating the DHDS system can be found at Disability and Health Data System (DHDS) Materials.

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) in American Sign Language

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is a six-week workshop offered in community settings for people with chronic conditions to learn how to manage their diseases. CDSMP is an evidence-based program that is effective in managing chronic conditions and improving health outcomes in a variety of populations;however, the workshop may not effectively reach the deaf or hearing impaired community.  An estimated 4.8 million Americans cannot hear well enough to understand speech and American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most commonly used language in the United States.  People who are hard of hearing or deaf have poor health outcomes and low health literacy.

As far as we know, CDSMP has never been offered in ASL.  In March-April 2016, the Ohio Disability and Health Program (ODHP) worked with the Deaf community and the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging’s CDSMP coordinator to coordinate a pilot of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed by Stanford University in American Sign Language (ASL).

Please see the link available below, which describes the evaluation of this pilot and provides recommendations for offering the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program to members in the Deaf community. 

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program in American Sign Language: Evaluation Summary and Recommendations

Disability Rights Ohio, Deaf Services Center Release Disability Rights Resources in American Sign Language

August 1, 2017

COLUMBUS, OH – Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) and Deaf Services Center (DSC) are pleased to announce the release of 18 new videos,

interpreting many of DRO’s most requested resources into American Sign Language (ASL). The two organizations worked together on the project, thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

The videos address a wide variety of important topics, from requesting accommodations at work to negotiating with your child’s IEP team for special education services. The collection offers more than 3.5 hours of information, which was interpreted into ASL and signed on camera by Molly Estes, who is Deaf and who has a background in assessing and teaching ASL.

“When preparing for this project, it was important for us to work closely with John Moore and Molly Estes at DSC to select the resources that would be most useful to the Deaf community in Ohio,” says DRO Executive Director Michael Kirkman. “We hope that the approximately 100,000 Ohioans who rely predominantly on ASL to communicate will be able to use this information to advocate for themselves and their families. We also encourage them to contact us if they need further assistance with any disability-related issue.”

“DSC is proud to be a partner with DRO in tearing down communication access barriers with the development of the ASL videos,” explains DSC CEO and Executive Director John Moore. “This will enable members of the Deaf and hard of hearing community who are linguistic users of ASL to know their rights in the language they are most comfortable with.”

Disease Prevention, Management and Education

  • Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) Healthy Lifestyle Programs
    ODA offers statewide evidence-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs (CDSMPs) which are proven, community based initiatives that provide health benefits and promote disease prevention. This website provides more information about Ohio’s CDSMPs, including the Healthy U and Healthy U Diabetes workshops. For more information about CDSMPs, visit Stanford’s CDSMP page.

Smoking Cessation Resources for People with Disabilities (PWD)

The Ohio Department of Health’s Tobacco Program has created smoking cessation materials that target PWD, including 2 Posters promoting the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line and 1 Brochure that includes information about the benefits of quitting smoking for PWD and tips to help caregivers, physicians, healthcare staff and other direct service providers encourage smoking cessation among the PWD they serve. These materials are appropriate for distribution or display at any facility or organization that serves PWD in Ohio. All materials are provided free of charge. Please consider ordering materials for your organization. To order, please fill out the Fillable Order Form below and e-mail directly to the Ohio Department of Health at: tobaccoprevention@odh.ohio.gov

View website information, materials, and download PDFs here:

“Adults with Disabilities” – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“Substance abuse-related information”

“Break Free from Tobacco” – Trifold Informational Brochure for People with Disabilities and Caregivers

“Cancer Doesn’t Discriminate” – 8×11 Ohio Tobacco Quit Line Poster (Wheelchair Hallway)

“Break Free from Tobacco” – 8×11 Ohio Tobacco Quit Line Poster (Grafitti Wall)

Fillable Order Form

Healthy Weight and Nutrition Education

  • B-HIP: Be Healthy Information Program
    The B-HIP Program is composed of a series of brochures designed to stimulate thought, encourage discussion, and provide essential information to help children and adults with disabilities live safe and healthy lives within the community.
  • Healthy Weight Issue Briefs from CDC’s Division of Human Development and Disability
    The issue briefs listed here describe considerations that people and organizations can do to help combat obesity among people with disabilities and assist them in achieving healthy weight and an improved quality of life. There are five briefs for audiences including: communities, health departments, employers, schools and healthcare professionals.
  • MyPlate – Tips for a Healthy Plate (PDF)
    Tips for a Healthy Plate is a tri-fold brochure developed by the University of Cincinnati UCEDD that provides a more graphical representation of long-term and “big-picture” healthy eating habits. Also available in Spanish.
  • Tips for Eating on the Go (PDF)
    Tips for Eating on the Go is a tri-fold brochure developed by the UC UCEDD that illustrates the most common choices people face at fast-food establishments when traveling. It offers options rather than eliminate choices to make the quickest and best possible healthy-alternative to an otherwise poor diet. Also available in Spanish.

Inclusion Support for Community Health Programming

Adaptive/Inclusive Sports and Fitness

  • Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio (ASPO)
    ASPO was established to promote the health and wellness of individuals with physical disabilities by providing competitive and recreational adaptive sport opportunities throughout the State of Ohio.
  • The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition (TAASC)
    TAASC offers programs to enhance everyday life, challenge participants, and build self-confidence through sports and recreational activities such as kayaking, alpine skiing, water skiing, ice-skating, sailing, and cycling.
  • Cincinnati Recreation Commission’s Therapeutic Recreation
    The Cincinnati Recreation Commission’s Division of Therapeutic Recreation offers leisure services for individuals with disabilities. The services promote healthy lifestyles and provide opportunities to participate in high-quality recreational and cultural experiences in the community.
  • Fun & Fit Directory for Greater Cincinnati
    The Fun and Fit directory helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and friends, and community providers find fitness and recreational activities and programs in the Greater Cincinnati area.
  • The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship
    The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through innovative equestrian activities.
  • Special Olympics Ohio
    Special Olympics Ohio provides year-round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

Women’s Health

  • Women with Disabilities and Breast Cancer Screenings – and information to help you Fight Breast Cancer from the CDC
    Women with disabilities need regular screening for breast cancer, too – but they are less likely to receive them. These CDC websites provide information about women with disabilities and breast cancer screenings, as well as tips on getting screened and basic information about the types of screenings that are available.

Information on the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act and Building Accessibility Guidelines

Educational Resources and Trainings for Healthcare Providers

  • Section 508 – The Basics
    In this archived webinar from the U.S. Access Board, an overview of 508 requirements is presented along with information on why accessible technology is important.
  • Table Manners and Beyond: The Gynecological Exam for Women with Developmental Disabilities and Other Functional Limitations
    This resource can help healthcare providers and other staff to understand the needs of women with developmental disabilities in the clinical setting.
    Download PDF

Educational Resources for Consumers, Navigators, and Enrollment Specialists

  • Medicaid Expansion
  • Medicare Changes
  • Health Insurance Exchanges
  • Integrated Care Delivery System (ICDS) for Dual Eligibles
  • ABD (for the aging population, those with visual impairments, and people with disabilities) Kids for those served by the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH)
  • Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”)
  • DeafMD
    DeafMD provides clear and concise health education in American Sign Language to promote the overall wellness of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing community.
  • Federal Disability Resources
    This website is the national clearinghouse for disability-related information and resources. They offer multiple resources relating access to healthcare for people with disabilities, including resources on disabilities and health conditions, home health care, Medicaid, and mental health, as well as resources for healthcare providers.
  • National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative
    The National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) is an excellent resource that provides cross-disability information and support for Navigators and other enrollment specialists. The NDNRC has produced a wealth of information to help ensure that Navigators are well-informed of specific disability concerns relating to the ACA and insurance coverage. To date, among other resources, they have produced 16 factsheets on specific issues, as well as a Disability Guide that allows Navigators to work through practice scenarios.

Healthcare Advocacy Resources

  • Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) – Healthcare Stories
    Healthcare Stories is a new video advocacy tool in DREDF’s ongoing campaign for healthcare justice for people with disabilities. They began collecting videos in 2011 and have added new ones recently. These short video stories feature people with developmental disabilities and their families, and an intrepid primary healthcare provider who has defined the field of developmental medicine.
  • Disability Rights Ohio (DRO)
    Disability Rights Ohio is a non-profit corporation with a mission to advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio. If you think that your legal rights have been violated because of a disability, DRO may be able to help.  If you think you have been abused or neglected, discriminated against, denied services or been unable to access public facilities, you can contact their intake department for assistance.

Additional Consumer Resources

  • Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC)
    OACHC is a non-profit professional trade association representing Ohio’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs, or community health centers) with a mission to ensure access to high-quality affordable health care for all Ohioans through the growth and development of Ohio’s Community Health Centers.
  • Ohio Association of Free Clinics (OAFC)
    A non-profit organization that supports free clinic services in Ohio, which vary by site but may include primary care, prescription assistance, dental, vision, behavioral health and other specialties.

Resources for People with Disabilities


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  • Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs
    This booklet from FEMA and the American Red Cross helps people with disabilities prepare for all kinds of emergencies. It includes information on why you should get prepared, and what you can do to make a plan and get informed.
    Download PDF
  • Ready.gov: Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Special Needs. Get Ready Now.
    Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed. This resources provides guidance on what you should include in you kit, how to make and maintain a plan, and how to be informed.
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Resources for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

  • NOAA Weather Radio for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    The National Weather Service provides information on this page about how to use NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) as an alerting system for the deaf and hard of hearing. The NWR receives National Weather Service warnings, forecasts, and hazard information 24 hours a day. Some NWR models are able to be connected to alerting devices such as vibrators, bed shakers, pillow vibrators, and strobe lights.

Resources for Emergency Planners

  • Effective Communications for People with Disabilities: Before, During, and After Emergencies
    This 2014 report from the National Council on Disability identifies barriers, facilitators, and successful practices to providing effective emergency-related communications. The report examines the current state of affairs concerning the accessibility of emergency-related communications; reviews the enforcement of disability laws and regulations as they pertain to effective communications before, during, and after emergencies. Information on the experiences and perceptions of people with disabilities as they relate to emergency-related communications is also provided. Based on the findings of the report, NCD has put forth a series of recommendations for policy makers, federal partners, and emergency managers.
  • National Organization on Disability’s (NOD) Emergency Preparedness Resources
    NOD offers resources to help ensure that the needs of people with disabilities are adequately addressed prior to an emergency and that people with disabilities are included in the planning process. They offer resources for emergency planners, managers, and responders including a “Partners in Preparedness” downloadable brochure, and guides to help planners make the best use of community resources and included people with disabilities in the planning process. They also offer disaster readiness tips for people with disabilities.
  • Report on Exemplary and Best Practices in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response For People with Disabilities
    The Nobody Left Behind (NLB): Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Mobility Impairments research study determined the readiness of emergency management sites across the United States to assist persons with mobility impairments during disasters. One component of the NLB project was to identify exemplary polices, practices, and programs in emergency management designed to assist persons with mobility limitations. The identified exemplary situations are the basis of this white paper.
    Download PDF

Resources for Employers

The Affordable Care Act: What Disability Advocates Need to Know
The Arc’s national office policy staff has prepared this issue of National Policy Matters on The Affordable Care Act and the elements of the law that impact people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Download PDF

Anti-Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Resources from SaferSchools Ohio
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) offers a variety of bullying prevention resources for families, schools and communities. These resources include a model anti-bullying policy and related presentation materials, a webinar series and links to helpful websites. Districts can take advantage of these tools for help in meeting their legal requirement to establish a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation and bullying.

Onlineschools.org has created a resrouce called A Guide to Bullying and Cyber Bullying which provides additional information on bullying in schools and communities.

Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) Disability and Health Briefs
HPIO has released a two-brief series examining disability and health in Ohio. The first brief is titled “Health and disabilities basics: Overview of health coverage, programs and services” (pdf, 12 pages). This brief provides an excellent overview of health coverage, programs, and services for people with disabilities, and also contains information on disability demographics, scope issues, and eligibility. The second brief, “Health and disabilities basics part II: The health challenges facing Ohioans with disabilities” (pdf, 12 pages), looks at the challenges for people with disabilities in achieving optimal health, examines current policies designed to mitigate these challenges, and also makes recommendations for future policies to better address these barriers.

Ohio Medicaid Expansion Study Brief
This 2013 brief from the Ohio Medicaid Expansion Study, a partnership between the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, the Ohio State University, Regional Economic Models, Inc., and the Urban Institute, describes the potential impact of expanding eligibility for Medicaid in Ohio.
A two-page executive summary is available here.

Transitioning to Higher Education: A College Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

The link below serves as an expansive resource for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and wish to enter higher education. Topics cover accomadations, assistive technology, reputable programs, potential scholarships/funding opportunities, and so in– it is a tell-all for aspiring college students who happen to also be deaf or hard of hearing.

A College Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Adjusting Doors for Access

A fact sheet provided by ADA National Network: Information, Guidance, and Training on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Includes on the webpage is access to a PDF version for easy sharing! The webpage covers three issues as they pertain to adjusting doors for access: 1) measuring door opening force and closing speed; 2) to determine the simplest solution; and 3) making adjustments.

Adjusting Doors for Access

Health and Disability 101 Training for Health Department Employees