Clinicians and Service Providers
In close collaboration with the Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Initiative, H-CARDD developed a Toolkit for Implementing Health Checks for Adults with Developmental Disabilities. This toolkit provides primary care providers with tools and resources to support the provision of health checks for patients with developmental disabilities.
The toolkit Improving Emergency Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities is a resource developed by H-CARDD in collaboration with three emergency care teams in Ontario. In this toolkit we share implementation tools with emergency providers who are interested in improving the care provided to patients with developmental disabilities.
You may also want to check similar resources for physicians created by The Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Australia.
The Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Initiative
The Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Initiative at Surrey Place Centre (Toronto) has brought together clinicians with expertise in the care of adults with developmental disabilities (DD) to improve primary care and quality of life for these persons. They developed tools for primary care providers, including physical health tools, health watch tables, a behavioral and mental health toolbox, and general information about caring for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Curriculum of Caring
The Curriculum of Caring, developed at McMaster University, is aimed at helping health care professionals effectively care for people affected by developmental disabilities. It has been developed for health care learners and practitioners through many partnerships and in collaboration with individuals with developmental disabilities. It features:
- Voices of experience: People affected by disabilities and caregivers sharing their perspectives and wisdom
- Clinical skills primer with video illustrations of how to interview with care
- Links to resources
People with developmental disabilities may have more difficulties communicating their needs or remembering specific details about the health care visit. You can use one of a few communication tools available on our website.
The Dual Diagnosis Primary Care Toolkit was developed by Surrey Place Centre, the Community Networks of Specialized Care and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada. This is a one-stop resource to help primary care providers care for patients who have developmental disabilities and mental health problems. It includes:
- information about responding to an emergency
- tools and information about ongoing care
- information about clinical services and community-based support services