HealthMatters Program™ envisions people with IDD being empowered to Take Charge of their Health by building capacity among their community-based support networks. We incorporate the following four values to move the perception of disability beyond a health issue to an issue of human rights, diversity, and equality:
People with disabilities have a right to receive education and services that promote their health,
People can contribute to their own well-being by becoming knowledgeable about their health and health resources, and by becoming active participants in health promotion activities,
Health and health promotion activities are not a form of social control, but must always be based on the needs and lifestyle preferences of individuals, and,
Support from caregivers and increased access to health and health promotion activities improves health status and increases opportunities for community engagement.
1. Develop and share tools for bidirectional health promotion research, service-learning, and training.
2. Support program development, implementation, and evaluation for health promotion and disease prevention.
3. Disseminate and integrate evidence-based health promotion services for people with IDD.