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On Getting Knocked Down—and Getting Back Up Again: 10 Secrets for Success in Life

On Getting Knocked Down—and Getting Back Up Again: 10 Secrets for Success in Life Two cyclists riding on a path

On Getting Knocked Down—and Getting Back Up Again: 10 Secrets for Success in Life Written by Ken K. Gourdin I was born nearly ten weeks early at a time when such an early birth meant that I probably wouldn’t survive.  I was also born at a time when dads weren’t allowed in the delivery room, […]

Using My Mental Health Recovery To Create Community & A New Normal

Using My Mental Health Recovery To Create Community & A New Normal Nancy Mercer and two friends at a diner

Using My Mental Health Recovery To Create Community & A New Normal Written by Nancy Mercer, LCSW I must be honest; my mental health was tested the first week or two of the #stayathome orders. I lacked energy, could not focus, did not want to connect with others—or even walk my dog (a favorite activity […]

Plain Language Summary – Dual Diagnosis 101

Plain Language Summary – Dual Diagnosis 101 Two kids with and Adult in a Classroom

Plain Language Summary – Dual Diagnosis 101 People who experience dual diagnosis are people who experience a developmental disability and a mental health concern. It is a common condition and 30-35% of people with developmental disabilities also experience mental health concerns. Developmental Disability is a term that includes disabilities that can be cognitive, or physical, […]

Getting to know the MHDD leaders: Matthew Wappett, PhD

Getting to know the MHDD leaders: Matthew Wappett, PhD Matt Wappett standing outside wearing a dark blue suit jacket over a casually buttoned pink button up shirt. He has a full trimmed beard and mustache and is smiling at the camera.

Getting to know the MHDD leaders: Matthew Wappett, PhD The MHDD National Training Center provides resources and education about mental health for people with disabilities. One good way to understand the MHDD better is by learning more about its leaders. Matthew Wappett is the executive director for the Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) at […]

Plain Language Summary – Trauma-Informed Care for People with Developmental Disabilities

Plain Language Summary – Trauma-Informed Care for People with Developmental Disabilities Hispanic Doctor taking notes

Plain Language Summary – Trauma-Informed Care for People with Developmental Disabilities Trauma is when a person experiences an event, series of events, or situation that causes lasting negative effects. The traumatic event or situation is viewed by the person as being physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening. People with disabilities have a greater risk of experiencing […]

Resilience

Resilience Person with Down Syndrome showing a thumbs up

Resilience In life, it is guaranteed there will be moments that cause us a lot of pain or difficulty. These pains and difficulties can be physical, mental, emotional, or something else entirely! All of these experiences are part of being human, but how we care for ourselves will impact our ability to recover from these […]

Plain Language Summary – How to Locate Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Caregiver Perspective

Plain Language Summary – How to Locate Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Caregiver Perspective

Plain Language Summary – How to Locate Services Available to Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Caregiver Perspective Many parents of children with developmental disabilities do not feel like they know enough about resources available to their child. This information sheet talks about some resources for people with developmental disabilities of different ages. Note: Many of the […]