Our national partners provide vast and unique resources to help strengthen HealthMeet® programs and promote the health of people with intellectual disabilities, including people with autism. These partners provide trainings resources and technical assistance to HealthMeet® staff on a wide variety of project activities, disseminate HealthMeet® and health promotion tools to their networks, provide guidance on HealthMeet® activities and objectives, and promote connections between local, state, and national health resources. Check out our partners to find out more about the work that each does to promote the health of those with Intellectual disabilities!
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization of professionals and citizens concerned about intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since 1876, AAIDD has been providing worldwide leadership in the field. With membership over 5,000 strong in the United States and in 55 countries worldwide, AAIDD is the leader in advocating quality of life and rights for those with intellectual disabilities. AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) supports and promotes national networks of 80 plus university-based interdisciplinary centers and programs that conduct research, provide pre-professional training, information dissemination and direct support and services for individuals with disabilities and their families across the lifespan. AUCD in concert with network members provides leadership on major social problems affecting people with disabilities educates legislators and policy makers about the needs of people with disabilities, works with other national organizations to advance full participation and equal access and promotes communication among the university-based programs across the US.
Therap Services, LLC
Therap Services, LLC provides web-based solutions for the documentation, reporting, billing, and communication needs of agencies that provide support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Therap provides services providers in more than forty-seven states as well as directly to 10 states. Therap's application is used by a wide range of team members including case managers, clinicians, nurses, direct support professionals, family members, and individuals receiving supports.
The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities is New Jersey’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service and is part of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Pediatrics. The Center emphasizes a community-based, lifespan approach to meeting the concerns of people with developmental disabilities and their families and to promote the independence, productivity, and full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. To achieve this, the Boggs Center provides community and student training and technical assistance, conducts research, and disseminates educational materials surrounding critical issues impacting people with developmental disabilities.
National Association of County and City Health Officials
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation's 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities. NACCHO’s mission is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives.
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed over $180 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 95 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships and related activities in over 40 countries on 5 continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.
National Down Syndrome Congress
The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) provides information, advocacy, and support to actively promote equal rights and opportunities for people with Down syndrome. To do this, the NDSC works to enhance the availability and accessibility of resources and opportunities that meet individual and family needs; to provide leadership in the formation of public policy; to promote ethically-responsible research concerning Down syndrome; to educate professionals, parents, and the community; to foster self-advocacy for all people concerned with Down syndrome; and to foster and enhance relationships in the national, state, and local Down syndrome and disability communities.