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Improving Emergency Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities: A Toolkit for Providers

This toolkit is an opportunity to share implementation tools with emergency providers who are interested in improving the care provided to patients with developmental disabilities (DD). The resources included in this Toolkit can be used together, or as stand alone materials, depending on the needs, goals and existing resources in your hospital. We encourage you to use whichever pieces of this Toolkit feel appropriate for your site. We have made electronic versions of all materials available.  Where available, we have included a modifiable version (usually in Microsoft Word), that can be downloaded, then further adapted for your site. We ask that acknowledgment be given to the H-CARDD program. We envision that all the materials included in the toolkit could be uploaded into EMRs as easy-to-access materials for paper-based practice settings.

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Table of Contents

About this Toolkit

About Developmental Disabilities 

Building Awareness in Your Site

What the Research Says (PowerPoint)Sample Process MapKey Ingredients for Successful ImplementationStaff engagement SurveySample role descriptions, "I Am" Awareness Campaign, Posters (PDF)Email CampaignResearch videos


Identifying your Patients  and Alerting the Team

Screening for Developmental Disability, About Me Tool*

Adapting Clinical Approaches


Resources for Staff: Head to Toe Assessment, Tip sheets for Clinical Staff  (MD, RN, SW), Navigating Developmental Services Ontario, Communication TipsEnvironmental Accommodations, Rapid Tranquilization (PDF), Educational Videos, Tip Cards

Resources for Patients and Caregivers:  About Me* (Large Print), Exit Interview* (Large Print), Going to the ED: A Social Story, Getting a Blood Test: A Social StoryGetting More Money* (Large Print), Going to the ED: Videos for Patients, Helpful Websites, Crisis Prevention and Management


Enhancing Discharge Communication

Exit InterviewPreparing for Future Emergencies


Full Appendix

Reference Materials and Links

*When printing, item needs to be printed double sided with "flip on short edge" to maintain booklet style.

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