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Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD)

What is H-CARDD?


In the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) program, 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.

From 2010-2016 our team has been studying the health and health care of over 66,000 adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario.

In addition, we are developing tools and resources to improve emergency and primary health care for adults with developmental disabilities.

Read more about H-CARDD.

New & Featured

January, 2017 New publication available: Read "Population aging and intellectual and developmental disabilities: Projections for Canada."

December, 2016 Happy holidays from all of us at H-CARDD! Learn about 5 ways you can make a difference in 2017!

New publication available (early online). Read "Health profiles and associated service use among adults with HIV and intellectual and developmental disabilities."

November, 2016 New publication! Read: "Perinatal health of women with intellectual and developmental disabilities and comorbid mental illness."

October, 2016 Have you read the final report from our mental illness and addictions team? Read the report here

This month's issue of Service, Support, Success: International Journal for Direct Support Professionals features, "In Case of Emergency, Please Read: Ideas and Strategies for Supporting with Developmental Disabilities Receiving Emergency Care".


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Health Care Toolkit

H-CARDD aims to improve health care for individuals with developmental disabilities. We do this 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. Please download a copy or contact us at for more information.

Emergency Care Toolkit (PDF)

Primary Care Toolkit (PDF)

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 will 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.

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