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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.

Read more about H-CARDD.

Health Care Toolkits

H-CARDD aims to improve health care for individuals with developmental disabilities by sharing different tools and information we and others have created to help those with disabilities get the best health care they can.

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

December, 2017 New publications: "The intersection of intellectual and developmental disabilities and HIV: A scoping review."

"All cause 30-day readmission in persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental illness."

"The power of population health data in aging and intellectual and developmental disabilities: reactions of knowledge users."

New content: Select publications using ICES data have been turned into infographics to easily highlight H-CARDD research findings, find them here

November, 2017 The latest issue of H-CARDD Connects is out! Read "Making the Invisible Visible."

New publication: Read "Implementation and evaluation of health passport communication tools in emergency departments."

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