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What is H-CARDD?


Our team of scientists, clinicians, service providers, policy makers and people with developmental disabilities work together to improve the health and health care of adults with developmental disabilities. We have been studying the health and health care of over 66,000 adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario since 2010.

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Health Care Toolkits

We developed two toolkits to assist clinicians and primary care and emergency care providers to improve their practices with patients with developmental disabilities. These toolkits include clinician tip sheets, patient handouts‎, information on local resources, and step by step instructions on how to implement changes. Download a copy or contact us at for more information.

In the health care resources section of this website you will find more tools and information for people with developmental disabilities and caregivers, as well as clinicians and service providers. These tools can help communicating important information in a health care setting. They also include information about health and developmental disabilities, and provide best practice tips for health care providers.

New & Featured

February 2019 New publication: Read "Addressing gaps in the health care services used by adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario"

December 2018 New publication: Read "Staff experience of an initiative to improve emergency care for patients with developmental disabilities"

November 2018 New publication: Read "The association between continuity of primary care and preventive cancer screening in women with intellectual disability"

"Maternal intellectual or developmental disability and newborn discharge to protective services"

"High health care costs among adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities: a population‐based study"

October 2018 New publication: Read "Barriers and facilitators to improving health care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities: what do staff tell us?"

September 2018 New publication: Read "Are we making a difference in primary care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities?"

Summer 2018 New publications: Read "Rapid repeat pregnancy among women with intellectual and developmental disabilities: a population-based cohort study"

"Emergency department use: Common presenting issues and continuity of care for individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities."

"The mental health of adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario: Lessons from administrative health data"

"Contraceptive provision to postpartum women with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A population-based cohort study."

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