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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

March 2020: New publication: Preventing and treating diabetes in Canadian adults with developmental disabilities

December 2019: New DSP newsletter: Sepsis: What is it? How bad is it? What can DSPs do?

October 2019: New publication: Data Linkage: Canadian and Australian Perspectives on a Valuable Methodology for Intellectual and Developmental Disability Research 

September 2019: New DSP newsletter: The Nuts and Bolts of Health Care Project

August 2019: Read our latest H-CARDD Connects Newsletter for an update on our work related to "Health Checks" for adults with developmental disabilities as well as a great partnership project with Vita Community Living Services targeting direct support professionals and their role in health care 

July 2019: The Nuts and Bolts of Health Care: Training Direct Support Professionals to be Effective Health Care Advocates


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